“Pro-Black” Tumi pulls no punches

Lis­ten­ers an­gered by ra­dio host’s racial com­ments

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Pa­tience Bam­balele and Chrizelda Kekana

Lis­ten­ers of Jacaranda FM are call­ing for Tumi Mo­rake to be fired by the sta­tion af­ter she made com­ments on air they be­lieved to be racist.

Mo­rake, a pop­u­lar co­me­dian and ac­tress who co-hosts Jacaranda FM Break­fast show with Martin Bester, said on Tues­day she was “pro-black”, a state­ment that did not go down well with many of her lis­ten­ers.

She and Bester were dis­cussing Steve Hofmeyr’s show that was re­port­edly can­celled in New Zealand. The show in Welling­ton was re­port­edly can­celled be­cause of protests by South African ex­pats there op­posed to Hofmeyr’s racially provoca­tive state­ments back home. But Hofmeyr’s team de­nied this and said the show was can­celled be­cause of venue prices.

Jacaranda lis­ten­ers called in and some ex­pressed their dis­sat­is­fac­tion about what Mo­rake said. At the end of the show Mo­rake said: “Can I speak hon­estly, not as a Jacaranda DJ and with­out wor­ry­ing about BCCSA [Broad­cast­ing Com­plaints Com­mis­sion of South Africa]. I hate to have to ex­plain or apol­o­gise about be­ing prob­lack and my Pan-African­ness. The fact is that I did come from Strug­gle par­ents and there are cer­tain race is­sues that are not tack­led enough.”

Lis­ten­ers were not im­pressed and vented their anger on Face­book. Co­lette Coet­zee posted: “The com­ments of Tumi Mo­rake about white South Africans is re­ally racist and un­called for. This helps to di­vide a na­tion and not to unify us.

“Stop putting peo­ple in boxes be­cause of their skin colour. I am very dis­ap­pointed. I am urg­ing the sta­tion’s man­age­ment to take se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against her.”

Mia-Daniel Bester ¸posted: “Ridicu­lous! If a white pre­sen­ter made such com­ments, they would have been ridiculed by your man­age­ment. You have let the mi­nor­ity of this coun­try down big time Jacaranda.”

Jacaranda FM gen­eral manger, Kevin Fine said yes­ter­day the sta­tion “sup­ports a non-racial so­ci­ety and does not con­done hate speech in any form on its plat­form”.

“The sta­tion’s on-air con­tent aims to pro­mote im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sions, with the in­ten­tion to build­ing and unit­ing South Africa as a na­tion. We be­lieve that hav­ing th­ese cru­cial con­ver­sa­tions is an im­por­tant fea­ture of our role in so­ci­ety.”

Mo­rake also en­dured racial at­tacks on so­cial me­dia. “You are the most an­noy­ing per­son on ra­dio... please re­sign and go to the bush‚” read one of the mes­sages.

“You must re­sign and leave our land alone. You black South Africans mess up ev­ery­thing in our beau­ti­ful land. With your govern­ment‚ crime and swaarheaid [sic]‚” read an­other mes­sage.

Mo­rake said yes­ter­day that she had re­alised since she started host­ing the show two months ago there were peo­ple who crit­i­cised her, not for her skills but be­cause they did not be­lieve she be­longed there.

“I said we need to have a con­ver­sa­tion about the his­tory of our past, I never said white peo­ple must be pun­ished. I am speak­ing from an ex­pe­ri­ence as a black woman who has been host­ing the show.

“Be­ing pro-black does not mean I am anti-white. I love this coun­try, you can­not claim to love the coun­try if you don’t love its peo­ple. I am ed­u­cated, not stupid, I think be­fore talk­ing,” Mo­rake said.

‘‘ Be­ing prob­lack does not mean I’m an­ti­white. I love this coun­try

Tumi Mo­rake

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