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Apology for racist slurs not adequate

A racist rant on Twitter has spurred the Democratic Alliance to take action.

Jessica Leandra Tweet. Picture: Twitter.
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JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday a simple apology was not enough to undo the harm caused by two women who made racist remarks using social media over the weekend.

Jessica Leandra dos Santos, a 20-year-old model, caused public uproar when she used the “k” word to refer to an incident with a black man on Twitter.

Despite a public justification, the act cost her an FHM title and the termination of major sponsorship deals and contracts.

In reaction 21-year-old model Tshidi Thamana tweeted that she wished all white people were killed.

She has subsequently deleted her profile and was fired by her casting agency.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane asked to meet both women to discuss their attitudes on race.

“I don’t believe that apology is sufficient. I believe a dialogue must be entered into and a sense of a reconciliatory moment must take place between them and their respective victims.”

Meanwhile, the owner of the casting agency that was managing Thamana's profile has described her as a naive girl who made a mistake, saying that she is young and that she probably did not mean it.

 But, living in South Africa, such a statement is very significant.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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