Morake accused of racism


COMEDIAN and radio presenter Tumi Morake is accused of making racial remarks during her breakfast show on Jacaranda FM yesterday. This comes after Morake allegedly said white people were the bullies on the playground who stole the black people’s bicycle and “instead of being punished for this deed, they only have to share the bicycle and play together”.

Trade union Solidarity, which is considering taking the matter to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), said it was concerning that such statements were permitted by the station. Head of the Solidarity Research Institute, Connie Mulder, said: “It is unacceptable that such views are normalised as being mainstream thinking.

“Jacaranda FM is committed to the code of conduct of the BCCSA and therefore statements that constitute racial hatred cannot be acceptable or permissible.” BCCSA could not confirm or deny whether it had received any letter of complaint concerning the matter. However, there were mixed reactions on Twitter with some defending the comedian while others purely condemned her utterances.

“Racism seems to go one way, but everyone needs to be heard and has freedom of speech. But hate is not the way to go,” user @DanCill15 said. Jacaranda FM was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.