Leave mav­er­ick­ism to Malema and com­edy to Trevor Noah

The Independent on Saturday - - METRO - MAZWI XABA [email protected]

OH, WHAT do you do with an over­grown rich kid who’s pow­er­ful – and thus able to help get our coun­try out of its eco­nomic mess – but thinks and says highly ob­jec­tion­able things about his black fel­low peo­ple?

Jo­hann Ru­pert, the “god­fa­ther of the Stel­len­bosch mafia”, who’s one of our big­gest sin­gle tax­pay­ers, of­fended many peo­ple with his ar­ro­gant and big­oted re­marks dur­ing a rare live in­ter­view. He later re­alised his mis­take and apol­o­gised for blam­ing the vic­tim by im­ply­ing black peo­ple were less “driven” and pre­ferred night­clubs in­stead of study­ing and sav­ing “like crazy” and of­fend­ing oth­ers with his Venda-Shangaan and other trib­al­ist quips he made.

Af­ter cool­ing down fol­low­ing that in­ter­view on Mon­day, I re­mem­bered some­thing pro­found that, dis­ap­pointed as I was, I had to agree with that Mr “White Mo­nop­oly Cap­i­tal” said: We have to start talk­ing in­stead of scream­ing at each other.”

It’s good that he’s fi­nally joined, or made at­tempts to join, the na­tional heal­ing con­ver­sa­tion, but his tone and ap­proach were wrong.

An­other valid point was that some­thing needed to be done about our econ­omy. Other­wise one of his friends, the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund’s Chris­tine La­garge, would pay us a visit to bail us out in ex­change for a huge chunk of our new­found free­dom.

The wounds are still fes­ter­ing. I’m not be­ing funny, but please, sir, leave mav­er­ick­ism to Julius Malema and stand-up com­edy to Trevor Noah.

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