One of Africa's richest men, Patrice Motsepe, has come under fire for his comment that only South Africa's educated can look at the facts. Social media is up in arms over what has been slammed as an insult to the poor.
Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe has sparked outrage for comments some feel is insulting towards the poor.
Motsepe had been responding to reports that he would benefit from the proposed split at Eskom. The unbundling had been announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who just so happens to be Motsepe's brother-in-law.
According to The Citizen, he had been recounting a meeting with former president Nelson Mandela, where the struggle icon had imparted a few words of wisdom on him, highlighting the importance of protecting the public.
After explaining the context behind the meeting, Motsepe went on to comment that:
“That’s why over the last twenty years it’s been important what we do as a family, it’s not just what the facts are, it’s not so much our compliance with the law. It’s how are you perceived – you know, this wealthy family, this wealthy person, when you mention our names in the minds of ordinary South Africans.”
After explaining this he elaborated, making the comment that has caused so much upheaval:
“… and be careful, we are not talking about your educated South Africans and even not so much your middle class because they can look at the facts and form an opinion …"
Here are just a few reactions to the comment from social media:
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