AFTER enduring a week of calls for her head, controversial columnist Kuli Roberts yesterday received a reprieve as the Mzansi Magic channel resisted calls to can her show. Whether she was forced into it is unclear, but Roberts will apologise on her show for comments made in her Bitch’s Brew column on Sunday, titled “Jou ma se kinders”.
In it, she said, among several other personal observations, that coloured people like to fight in public and had no front teeth, and that coloured women “breed as if on a mission”.
The DStv channel announced yesterday that Roberts’ show, Headline, would go ahead tonight, and that she would apologise to the people incensed by her comments.
“Headline will continue in its prime-time slot on Thursdays and Mzansi Magic will not terminate Kuli’s contract as presenter of the show,” the channel said.
Channel head Lebone Maema said the station had “accepted her explanation that it was not her intention to be offensive or malicious” and would “grant Kuli the opportunity to make a public apology”.
Her show will contain interviews with City Press editor Ferial Haffajee and politician Patricia de Lille.
Though Roberts might have offended some, 5fm DJ Grant Nash, and singer Simphiwe Dana, came out in support of her.
Nash said on Twitter: “This is mild compared to some of her other drivel.”
Dana tweeted: “You can’t put Kuli and Steve [Hofmeyr] in the same sentence.”