Comedian and radio personality Tumi Morake has come out to expose the racial slurs she’s received since joining Jacaranda FM three months ago
Tumi, who co-hosts the breakfast show with Martin Bester said the comments increased when an on-air conversation about Steve Hofmeyr’s tour to New Zealand turned into a racial debate.
Earlier this week it was reported that one of Steve’s shows in New Zealand was cancelled due to anger from residents. However, Steve’s team rubbished the claims, saying that the show was cancelled because of venue costs.
Taking to Twitter, Tumi shared screenshots of some of the messages she’s received.
“You are the most annoying person on radio… please resign and go to the bush,” read one of the messages.
“You must resign and leave our land alone. You black South Africans mess up everything in our beautiful land. With your government, crime and swaarheaid [sic],” read another message.
Maybe it is time I shared what my timeline has looked like for the past 3 months… pic.twitter.com/NtxY4RjWNJ
— Tumi Morake (@tumi_morake) September 12, 2017
Speaking on air Tumi said that the Steve ‘boycott’ had nothing to do with race, and revealed that her skin colour was often targeted
“As a black woman – I know already and I’m saying this from a place of experience of being on the show for the past two and half months – that I did get a lot of comments that were not about how terrible I am on radio, but were very much about me not being where I belong. That was very clear,” she said.
Tumi said people need to be honest about why they are so “angry”
“Be honest about how it disturbs you that there is a black voice that stands up and acknowledges its blackness. We want to move on to a non-racial South Africa. My lived experience is that I do get treated first and seen first as a black woman, then as a South African. Being pro-black doesn’t automatically mean I am anti-white. I was very clear on that,” she said.
Jacaranda FM has issued a statement saying it condemns hate speech of any form.