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UCT Radio DJs defend controversial topic, sorry for poorly worded tweet

Cape Town – The DJs responsible for a controversial tweet on Tuesday suggesting that black people do not deserve ‘nice things’ have defended the topic addressed by the tweet but apologized for the way in which it was worded.

In an interview with Vernac News on Wednesday the trio responsible for producing and hosting the Live Drive Show, Qaqamba Filitane, Ayanda Nyathi and Khumbuza Cele said that they had meant to spark a conversation on views that had already been expressed on social networks following the widespread criticism of the Moses Mabhida match invasion by disgruntled Kaizer Chiefs fans after their team lost 2-0 to Free State Stars on Saturday.

Justifying the chosen topic, Ayanda Nyathi said that society cannot shy away from conversations about race asking ‘how do we respond to that sort of behavior, which is not unique, when it’s acted out by black people and the kind of responses, including the racial biases that accompany the interrogation of those events’.

When asked whether their condoned anti-black notions of civility and unculturedness, Nyathi responded that the intention was to interrogate responses to uncommon hooliganism and why these were reduced to race when acted out by black people while other races were afforded the benefit of the doubt.

The DJs said that the tweet was sent out by one of them and that the station and its management were not involved. Cele said that they take full responsibility as the content producers of the show and will in the future exercise better screening processes when handling such issues.

The trio emphasized that they had not meant to cause any harm.

No disciplinary charges have been laid against the trio by the station’s management.

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