January 2016 has come to a close, and one of the biggest things we have learnt is that racism will not be even remotely tolerated this year
People have lost their jobs, damaged their reputations and pretty much ruined their lives because of racist statements.
When it comes to lobbying against racists this year, South African celebrities have been amongst the loudest, sending positive messages where possible.
The most recent celebrity statement on the issue is Metro FM DJ, Mo Flava, who is disgusted with all racist behaviour.
Speaking to the Sunday Sun, Mo Flava recounted a recent incident which took place while he was playing soccer with friends
At a Johannesburg indoor soccer league, the DJ watched as an opposition player called the referee a “monkey” in anger. He said:
“This white guy called the referee a monkey after being penalised for a rough tackle. Honestly, it didn’t go well with me and other players. We confronted him and advised him to apologise to the referee, but he was reluctant.”
“There were several witnesses who testified to seeing this incident take place, including the accused player’s teammates and coach.
However, all accounts suggest that the coach looked the other way and advised his team to continue playing
Mo Flava shared his disappointment:
“I felt this was inappropriate, especially as we’re still fighting the racism that has gripped Mzansi recently”
The Morning Fix DJ also added that he opened a case against the player, with the SAHRC. Their spokesperson revealed:
“I can confirm we’ve received a complaint. We’ve registered a complaint and it’s going through a process of assessment, and we’ll be investigating.
“We’d also like to thank the Metro FM DJ who didn’t sit back when this was said to someone else.”
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