‘Cow­ardly’ blacks are ‘pushovers’

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Duma Ka Ndlovu, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of hit SABC soapie Mu­vhango, has la­belled black peo­ple “cow­ards” and “pushovers”, and called for a boy­cott of Idols SA af­ter Gareth Cliff won his court bat­tle to be re­in­stated as a judge on the show.

This week, Ndlovu wrote a lengthy post on his Face­book page call­ing for black peo­ple to “wake up” and “lose the chains of men­tal slav­ery”.

Cliff was fired ear­lier this month af­ter tweet­ing that “peo­ple re­ally do not un­der­stand free speech” in re­sponse to KwaZulu-Na­tal es­tate agent Penny Spar­row call­ing black peo­ple “mon­keys”.

Ndlovu, a play­wright and the pro­ducer of toprated TV dra­mas Uzalo and Isi­baya, told City Press this week that his state­ment wasn’t about Cliff in par­tic­u­lar, but in­stead about the “state of white and black peo­ple in our coun­try”.

“Gareth stood pub­licly de­fend­ing a white woman’s right to call us mon­keys. Then he called it free­dom of speech. Black peo­ple, it’s about time to stand up and fight for what we be­lieve in,” he said on Fri­day.

Asked if he thought Cliff was a racist, he said: “Whether Gareth is racist or not, that ar­gu­ment is aca­demic.

“We did not grow up in the house he grew up in; we did not go to school with him; and we are never there in his pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions with his white friends and white col­leagues.

“In fact, [Steve] Biko says all whites are in­her­ently racist. I agree with him. Gareth de­fended a white woman’s right to call us mon­keys. What more ev­i­dence do we need?”

How­ever, Ndlovu said black peo­ple were un­likely to unite against racism.

“Blacks are not united; they will be di­vided on ev­ery stupid is­sue you throw at them,” he said, adding that if black peo­ple were united, they would have boy­cotted M-Net. “We should stop watch­ing Idols,” he said. Ndlovu said many black peo­ple were scared to voice their opin­ions be­cause they were afraid of los­ing their jobs. “There is a white, In­dian and Jewish agenda – we need a black agenda. We need black peo­ple to de­cide on the ba­sics of be­ing black,” he said.

In his post, Ndlovu lashed out at Cliff for hir­ing black lawyers – the at­tor­ney Eric Mabuza and Ad­vo­cate Dali Mpofu. He wrote: “The black lawyer walks tri­umphantly to court with his white client and talks about a tech­ni­cal­ity – that M-Net had in fact promised Gareth a con­tract,” he said.

Ndlovu said it was sad that once Cliff re­turned to the Idols fold, “we will wel­come him with open arms and for­get that he de­fended a white woman’s right to call us mon­keys ... We will smile sheep­ishly and ask to take self­ies with him,” he said.

“Hugh Masekela re­fuses to take pic­tures with women who wear weaves. That’s the kind of re­solve we need as black peo­ple. If you dis­agree with some­thing, you ought to stand up and fight, and ex­press your­self in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms.”

Ndlovu said South Africa had be­come a “celebrity so­ci­ety”, which had for­got­ten its val­ues and black­ness. His­tory one day will stand up and say: enough is enough.

“Black peo­ple, at some point, will have to stand up and de­fend their right to be called hu­man be­ings. Maybe even fight, and be pre­pared to die, to de­fend their right to be treated as hu­man be­ings.”

M-Net head of pub­lic re­la­tions Non­du­miso Mabece de­clined to com­ment. Cliff did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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I’M BACK! Idols judge Gareth Cliff at Dur­ban’s Play­house theatre this week af­ter be­ing re­in­stated as a judge on the show

Duma Ka Ndlovu

HAPPY SELFIE Idols judges (from left) Ran­dall Abra­hams, Unathi Msen­gana, Somizi Mh­longo and Cliff shortly af­ter the so-called shock jock re­joined the judg­ing panel

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