This weekend, Sunday the 27th of February, saw an article published which could easily have been compared to a nuclear warhead launched. Three days later and the fallout is still clearly visible on social networks, forums and in general social discussions.
The Launcher? Nomakulu Roberts aka Kuli Roberts who is a famous South African TV personality and fashion journalist. The Target? The Cape coloured community, more specifically the female class. The warhead? A dismally failed attempt at satirical habitual tendencies of said women.
Now it is a known fact that one can never degrade a woman without expecting a verbal decimation of sorts, irrespective of race. They all stand together. So what exactly was Kuli thinking?
Here is an excerpt of the now scrapped article.
"Coloured girls are the future for various reasons:
-You will never run out of cigarettes.
-You will always be assured of a large family as many of these girls breed as if Allan Boesak sent them on a mission to increase the coloured race.
-They always know where to get hair curlers and wears them with pride, even in shopping malls."
In the article she also used her "friend" as reference to further slander who was quoted as saying;
"Coloureds are nuts because: -They drink Black Label beer and smoke like chimneys.
-They shout and throw plates.
-They have no front teeth and eat fish like they are trying to deplete the ocean.
-They're always referring to your mother's this or your mother's that.
-They know exactly what tik (a drug consisting of Methamphetamine and harmful chemicals) is.
-They walk around in their gowns and pyjamas during the day.
"Why waste washing powder" was Kuli's satirical response to one of her "friend's" comments.
Clearly this is racial slander and generalization, as only a minor portion of coloured women falls under Kuli's spotlight. That was the general air released from angered readers the following days after the article was published. That is aside from the Guinness World Record for profanity being unofficially broken, ironically mostly by angered males.
What stood out most in the article was her usage of an Afrikaans profane word in a Sunday article. Had said word been in English, the editor surely would not have passed off this already horrendous article. Thus speculation arose as to what the amount of regard is towards coloured as well as the white race in the country. Certain South African radio station jockeys even go as far as to use Afrikaans curse words and it has been spotted a few times on local soaps as well, prior to their now enforced guidance warnings.
Kuli has since been axed by her Sunday World employers and the article scrapped after a massive outcry to the Human Rights Commission. Sunday World editor, Wally Mbhele said Kuli's weekly column would be discontinued with immediate effect. Mbhele also has taken full responsibility for the publishing of the obviously offensive article and has added that it was clearly prejudiced.