Mngxitama continues his quest to be disgusting
ANDILE Mngxitama is refusing to remove two anti-Semitic tweets even as the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) prepares to take the Black First Land First leader to the Equality Court.
The Gupta ally said he will never remove the tweet and yesterday added to his anti-Semitic rhetoric.
On Thursday Mngxitama fired off two tweets. The first read: “For those claiming the legacy of the holocaust is ONLY negative, think about the lampshades and Jewish soap.”
A little later he added in a Tweet: “I concure (sic) with @helenzille that the aroma of the burning flesh from the furnace of the holocaust may wet (sic) the appetite of the S.A. cannibals”.
Then yesterday, Mngxitama, who has tried to intimidate a number of journalists, said: “Do you know that the Germans before they burnt the Jews they came down to Africa in 1911 and rounded up people in Namibia, in their villages. And they burnt them. Did the Jews care?”
Yesterday, Wendy Kahn, the National Director of the SAJBD, said its lawyers were in the process of drawing up papers to take the matter to the Equality Court.
“I am upset that they are upset. In fact that tweet, if you white people check a little bit about the sufferings of black people you would have seen it is part of rephrasing Helen Zille’s tweet. I want you to look at yourself,” Mngxitama said.
“That is not my creation; that is Helen Zille’s tweet but because you are so evil and self absorbed you don’t care for the suffering you have caused others.”
Mngxitama said that his tweets were in reference to premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille’s tweet that not all aspects of the legacy of colonialism were negative.
“With this ugly, jeering remark, Mngxitama has portrayed not just the deliberate murder of Jewish people but even the supposed reduc- tion of their remains to everyday objects as something to be treated as a joke,” Kahn said.
In July the Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, granted the South African National Editors Forum an interdict against the BLF and Mngxitama after they protested and manhandled journalists outside the house of Peter Bruce, Tiso Blackstar Group Editor at Large.
Kahn said that such comments were still raw to a community that is still feeling the affects of the Holocaust that claimed the lives of at least six million Jews.
“This has caused incredible pain within the community.
“Only 70 years after the holo- caust, its members are confronted with these graphic and very unpleasant images and words,” she said. “We still have survivors in our community. The whole of the South African Jewish community in some way suffered from the Holocaust.
Yesterday, Dr Iqbal Survé, chairman of the South African Bb rics Business Council, and executive chairman of Sekunjalo and Independent Media, also joined in the condemnation of the tweets.
“I ask that Mngxitama unconditionally retract his statement. I am horrified and disappointed by his tweet, which is an affront to millions of Jewish people affected by the Holocaust.”