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Gatvol South Africans stern warning to ‘white supremacists’ after shocking racist attack in ‘whites only’ swimming pool

"We live in Africa - if you think you're special because of the lack of melanin in your DNA, then move to Russia please" - a gatvol white South African woman shared this piece of advice following a shocking racism incident at a Free State 'white only' resort which saw three male adults assault two teenage siblings. Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), President Cyril Ramaphosa and many more have condemned the incident.

More South Africans have condemned the widely reported Christmas Day ‘racism’ incident at Maselspoort resort in the Free State. Among them is Carin Bosman, a white South African businesswoman who specialises in environmental, water resource and waste management, as well as Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Bosman shared a Twitter thread on Friday which has since gone viral, fueling an unexpected wave of support from ordinary South Africans and public figures, along with, sadly, a sprinkle of criticism from proud white nationalists.

In the thread, she makes a plea to her fellow white South Africans for a better understanding of South Africa’s complex past, in particular the ugly legacy of Apartheid and systemic racism, and how it continues to persist in our society today.

“Look, I have entertained myself today with the racists, but we as Afrikaners have to understand a few things loud and clear if we want a better future for the children of South Africa. We live in Africa — if you think that you are ‘special’ because of the lack of melanin in your DNA, then move to Russia, please,” the thread reads in part.

She further shared: “If you want to make a future for yourself and your family in South Africa, then start educating yourself on the history of your own damn country. Educate yourself on the history of South Africa, not just the whitewashed Nazi history that the apartheid masters wanted to teach you between the 1950s and 1980s, but the real, ugly parts of the history as well. And don’t get affronted if some of those lessons show us up as the bad guys.”

In another tweet, she shared this advice: “Once you have educated yourself, and developed a better understanding, then you will be able to DO something about it – pull your hands out of your ass, stop whining about loadshedding, stop crying about ‘farm murders’, and DO something to make 🇿🇦 a better place for everyone.”

Below is the Twitter link to the rest of her thread:

TBCSA and SATSA condemn FS Christmas Day racial attack

Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has thrown its weight behind the statement issued by TBCSA, vehemently condemning the reported racist attack against guests at Maselspoort resort on Christmas Day.

This follows the circulation of a video on social media showing two black teenage siblings being attacked by a group of white men for swimming in an alleged “white only pool” at a popular Free State public resort.

Police investigation is in ongoing after an attempted male murder suspect, Kobus Klaasen (48) was released on R20 000 bail by Bloemfontein Magistrates Court. Two more; Johan Nel, 33, and Jan Stephanus van der Westhuizen, 47, were released on warning after appearing in court on assault charges on Wednesday, and were released on warning. The case will resume late January 2023.

“This kind of incident undermines the efforts of South Africans who are working daily to promote cultural diversity, sensitisation and reconciliation. We cannot allow this kind of abhorrent behaviour to go unpunished and trust that the police will expedite their investigations to ascertain the full facts and prosecute accordingly, Pilane said in a statement sent to NOWinSA, adding:

“Further let this be a warning to stakeholders in the tourism sector to remain vigilant always. As tourism professionals and establishments, we are the first line of protection for South Africa’s brand and must always demonstrate an exemplary vision of the Rainbow nation.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa too has condemned the incident, stating racism has no place in South Africa and racists must expect harsh consequences in terms of the law.

“It is deplorable that adults dealing with teenagers resort to violence with such disturbing ease, hurting people physically and offending provisions in our Bill of Rights around security of the person, including the right to dignity and being free of violence,” Ramaphosa said in a statement

“Under the rule of law, we must let investigations take their course but under the rule of law we can and must also declare that racism has no place in our society and racists have no place to hide.

“We must defend our continuing national mission of ridding our society of the divisions and the hurts of our past.”

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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