Rupert sorry for doubting all millennials
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”.