Unathi Nkayi off the hook for 'Xhosas holding up the nation' comment

Unathi Nkayi off the hook for 'Xhosas holding up the nation' comment

- Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi received some good news today

- The BCCSA has ruled that her comments regarding Xhosas doing well for the country did not constitute tribalism

- Unathi made the comments after Luyolo blew her away with a performance on Idols

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Presenter Unathi Nkayi is off the hook after the BCCSA ruled that her comments regarding Xhosas on Idols did not constitute tribalism.

After Idols contestant Luyolo gave a stellar performance, Unathi jokingly said, “On behalf of the Xhosa people, we are tired of holding up the nation."

The comment created an uproar, with viewers accusing her of being a tribalist.

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The BCCSA released a statement today clearing Unathi of any wrongdoing.

The statement said, “We submit that comments by Ms. Nkayi do not in any way contravene clause 10.3 as they do not meet any of the elements set out in the clause, namely: Advocacy; For hatred; Based on race or ethnicity; and Incitement to cause harm."

“Having said that, we would like to emphasize that we do not condone any form of tribalism as we believe in an inclusive society, which is depicted in our programming. As soon as Ms. Nkyai’s comments were brought to our attention, she was immediately reprimanded for her personal views she made during the program. Ms. Nkayi subsequently apologised on-air and social media."

A couple of disgruntled tweeps don't agree with the verdict.

Unathi has been busy working on new music since last year's Idols season wrapped.

Briefly.co.za reported that the gorgeous media personality turned 41 last year.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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