Mngxi­tama con­tin­ues his quest to be dis­gust­ing

Pretoria News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN SMILLIE

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.”

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