Ru­pert sorry for doubt­ing all mil­len­ni­als

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MULTI-BIL­LION­AIRE­ busi­ness­ mogul­ Jo­hann­ Ru­perthas­ apol­o­gised­ on­ Twitter,­ say­ing­ he­ didn’tmean­ to­ of­fend­ any­one.­ ­

His­ tweets­ fol­low­ state­ments­ he­ made­ duringan­ in­ter­view­ on­ Pow­erFM­ on­ Tues­day­ night.­ ­

Ru­pert­ was­ a­ guest­ on­ the­ Chair­man’s Con­ver­sa­tion,an­ an­nual­ event­ hosted­ by­ the­ ra­dio­sta­tion’s­ founder­ Given­ Mkhari.­ ­

He­ was­ ac­cused­ of­ be­ing­ ar­ro­gant,­ racist­ and­suf­fer­ing­ from­ cog­ni­tive­ dis­so­nance­ dur­ing­ thein­ter­view,­ which­ was­ also­ broad­cast­ on­ eNCA.­ ­

Dur­ing­ the­ in­ter­view­ Ru­pert­ —­ who­ is­ chair­ ofthe­ Swiss-based­ lux­ury-goods­ com­pany­ Riche­mont,as­ well­ as­ of­ South­ African-based­ com­pa­nyRem­gro­ —­ touched­ on­ var­i­ous­ top­ics,­ in­clud­ing­cor­rup­tion,­ land­ ex­pro­pri­a­tion,­ in­vestor­con­fi­dence,­ build­ing­ a­ sus­tain­able­ busi­ness,­ andthe­ Afrikaner­ Broeder­bond.­ ­

Mkhari­ asked­ Ru­pert­ whether­ he­ thought­ the­fact­ that­ his­ fa­ther­ had­ grown­ up­ dur­ing­ theGreat­ De­pres­sion­ in­ South­ Africa­ had­ some­thingto­ do­ with­ his­ drive­ and­ ul­ti­mate­ success­ in­busi­ness.­ Ru­pert­ an­swered­ yes.­ “That’s­ the­ rea­son…­ In­ a­ sense,­ the­ Afrikaner­ was­ down­trod­den.The­ poor­ white­ ques­tion­ …­ but­ they­ weredriven.­ They­ stud­ied­ like­ crazy,­ they­ saved­ like­crazy.­ They­ didn’t­ go­ and­ buy­ BMWs­ and­ hangaround­ at­ Taboo­ or­ The­ Sands­ [up­mar­ket­ clubs]all­ the­ time.”­ ­

He­ then­ said­ the­ cur­rent­ nar­ra­tive­ around­former­ pres­i­dent­ Nel­son­ Man­dela­ be­ing­ a­ sell­out­was­ to­tally­ dis­re­spect­ful.­ “I­ don’t­ see­ your­gen­er­a­tion­ go­ing­ to­ jail­ for­ decades,­ no,­ you’llmiss­ The­ Sands,”­ he­ replied.­ ­

Yes­ter­day,­ the­ busi­ness­ mag­nate­ tweeted:“Apol­ogy,­ no­ in­sult­ in­tended.­ I­ merely­ replied­ toa­ ques­tion­ about­ how­ my­ par­ents­ gen­er­a­tionlived­ and­ saved.­ Mil­len­ni­als­ GLOB­ALLY­ have­ dif­fer­entlife-styles.­ (And­ men­tioned­ that­ Steve­ Biko,whom­ I­ knew,­ would­ not­ have­ done­ it.)”­ ­

He­ also­ claimed­ in­ a­ tweet­ that­ he­ was­ re­fer­ringto­ all­ races­ when­ he­ made­ those­ com­ments.­

Twitter­ user­ Babes­ KaKen­drick­ com­mented:“Yeah­ but­ we­ are­ talk­ing­ about­ land­ that­ should­have­ been­ given­ long­ be­fore­ this­ be­came­ a­ na­tion­al­topic­ (sic),­ stick­ to­ the­ topic.”

Ru­pert­ replied­ that­ the­ topic­ has­ been­ a­ na­tion­al­topic­ from­ “The­ Na­tives­ Act­ of­ 1913”.

­ —­ News24.

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