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Lindokuhle “Lin Dough” Sithole has apologised for an “educational” video that he shared about the coronavirus

The singer and his son Valdo discussed the importance of good hygiene in the footage.

They both appear to be mimicking Chinese people with a fake accent. The video has English subtitles for viewers to understand what they are saying. 

The deadly Covid-19 virus, which has caused more than 42 000 deaths around the world, originated in China. 

“You must always carry sanitiser with you,” Lin Dough tells his son in the clip shared on his Twitter page. 

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Masechaba Ndlovu, who was recently named the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture’s spokesperson, retweeted the video. 

“The message is simple. Thank you @LinDough_SA and Valdo,” she wrote. 

The media personality received major backlash for sharing the post, with many saying that she was promoting stereotypes about Chinese people

Some went as far as labelling the video racist. 

“Masechaba Ndlovu must just consult someone before posting anything now… For someone who’s in her position to endorse such is just madness…” one Twitter user wrote. 

Masechaba has since deleted the post. Some tweeps believed that the whole thing was blown out of proportion.

Lin Dough says that he did not mean to offend anyone with the video. He also denied that the clip was a sponsored post

“Didn’t mean any harm and it’s not a paid campaign, it was genuinely a joke and I’ve been posting videos with my son speaking our broken Chinese or Portuguese. I’m really sorry,” he tweeted.

Lin Dough also came to Masechaba’s defence.

“My son and I regularly post educational videos in different languages, like the one we posted today. It was well received on all platforms. Hands off @MasechabaNdlovu please. Her intentions were noble. Let’s focus on the message. #StopCoronaVirus.”