Kgoroge says sorry for vi­o­lence threats

Ac­tor threat­ened to kick Ra­muada’s a***

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­wakom@sun­day­

Sheep­ish TV and film ac­tor Tony Kgoroge has apol­o­gised to South Africans for threat­en­ing the pres­i­dent of South African Arts and Cul­ture Youth Fo­rum (SAACYC) Romeo Ra­muada with vi­o­lence.

This after Ra­muada phoned Kgoroge, who is the pres­i­dent of the Cul­tural and Cre­ative In­dus­tries Fed­er­a­tion of South Africa (CCIFSA), and ac­cused him of al­low­ing his al­leged dis­ci­ples to as­sault his ri­val Thapelo Mokhutshwane of

North West Cre­ative and Cul­tural In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion.

Both Ra­muada and Mokhutshwane have­been call­ing for the re­moval of Kgoroge and his deputy Papa Penny from the fed­er­a­tion after ac­cus­ing the­mof run­nin­git liketheir per­son­al­fief­dom. Inarecorded tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion heard by Sun­day World, an an­gry Kgoroge is heard threat­en­ing to kick Ra­muada’s a***.

“You have been get­ting per­sonal with me from day one. But I let that thing go. Now if you are­com­ing that close, ke tla go roba se­bono, ketla go roba se­bono ,” he said re­peat­edly.

Speak­ing to Sun­day World on Fri­day, the re­morse­ful Kgoroge said his ut­ter­ances and the threats he made against Ra­muada were unac- cept­able and re­gret­table.

“I’mnot a vi­o­lent per­so­nand even though I would never have car­ried out those threats, I should not have made them.

“I re­tract those words and ask Ra­muada and my fel­low coun­try cit­i­zens and all in­dus­try cre­atives to for­give me. I apol­o­gise pro­fusely and un­con­di­tion­ally. I should­have­known bet­ter that no amount of provo­ca­tion war­rants threats of vi­o­lence or in­tim­i­da­tion against other peo­ple,” he said.

Ra­muada con­firmed that Kgoroge had threat­ened to panel beat him. “I was shocked by his threats be­cause I was not fight­ing with him. I was sim­ply ask­ing him why his peo­ple at­tacked Thapelo in the name of the or­gan­i­sa­tion he is lead­ing. I was shocked when he threat­ened me with vi­o­lence.

“When he started in­tim­i­dat­ing and threat­en­ing me, I quickly recorded the con­ver­sa­tion and will hand over the audio to min­is­ter of arts & cul­ture Nathi Mthethwa. This is to show him the kind of a leader who is lead­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion whose man­date is to trans­form the arts and cul­ture in­dus­try. This or­gan­i­sa­tion­has been re­ceiv­ing funds from Mthethwa’s depart­ment and when we ask them to ac­count for all the­monies they got, they in­stead re­sort to vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion,” he said.

Mokhutshwane al­leged he was mo­ered in New­town, Joburg, last week Fri­day while walk­ing home from buy­ing food at a su­per­mar­ket. “A group of men con­fronted me and askedme if I thought I was a mas­ter­mind that thought could fix CICFSA. They punched and kicked me and even took my phone,” he said.

Kgoroge said he didn’t know who Mokhutshwane’s at­tack­ers were and that they should face the full wrath of the law.

Tony Kgoroge has apol­o­gised for his com­ments.

Papa Penny

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