Andile Ndlovu and Refilwe Boikanyo
EVERYTHING about yesterday’s meeting between the DA national spokesman, Mmusi Maimane, and Jessica Leandra dos Santos and Tshidi Thamane reeked of bureaucracy and officialdom.
In vintage DA-style, Maimane issued an invitation to the media yesterday, saying the man who had unsuccessfully run for mayor of Johannesburg had invited the two young women at the centre of a twitterstorm for a reconciliation breakfast.
The media were invited for 10.30am to Maimane’s Weltevreden Park home in Johannesburg for interview and photo opportunities.
Journalists set themselves up in a clutch in the braai area by the poolside before the trio stepped out.
When they did, Maimane said the women were “not entitled” to respond to any prickly questions from the zealous journalists.
On Thursday last week, Dos Santos tweeted to 2591 followers: “Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful k***** inside Spar. Should have punched him”.
She soon gained more followers, most of whom wanted to read and rant about her tweet. She now has 7263 followers.
Thamane retaliated, saying: “Dear Mr Peter Mokaba?? I wish all whites had been killed when you sang Kill the Boer, then we wouldn’t have to experience @Jessica Leandra’s racism.”
Dos Santos said: “I’m aware of the issues I caused for our nation and the severity of the words I used. I extend my sincerest apologies for the incidents I caused. I think Tshidi and I will work on getting the country back to where it was a week ago.”
The latter part of her statement was used continuously by both women.
The consummate politician, Maimane clearly wanted to give the media some soundbites, and interjected by urging Dos Santos to say something to Thamane “while she’s sitting right here”.
“To Tshidi I do apologise if the word I used offended you. It wasn’t intended to cover the entire race, but rather a certain individual that had possibly disrespected me in public. I am sincerely apologetic,’ the 20-year-old said.
Cue Maimane, encouraging the same from Thamane. She said: “I don’t wish death on anyone, of any race. I wouldn’t wish death. I want to say to Jessica, I really am sorry about wishing death on you. To South Africa as well, I didn’t really mean anything about it. I’m really keen to get the country to where it was.”