Twitter outbursts, race relations and the impact on the 'real world'

Former president Nelson Mandela's private secretary Zelda La Grange has apologised to her Twitter followers after she tweeted that President Jacob Zuma makes it clear that whites are not wanted or needed in South Africa.

The president said last week that “Jan van Riebeeck's arrival was the beginning of all of South Africa's problems”.

Zuma was addressing people celebrating the African National Congress' 103rd birthday last week at the Cape Town Stadium.

La Grange turned to Twitter criticising the president, adding that she is sick of President Zuma criticising whites every few months..

She has tweeted to her more than 50,000 followers apologising if she hurt anyone with her tweets.

Madiba’s former secretary says she does not deny the damage done by apartheid and colonialism, but the country can't move forward if some continue to blame the past.

La Grange's tweets caused a Twitter-storm and the ANC labelled her a "spoiled white person".

John spoke to City Press Editor in Chief Ferial Haffajee about race relations in the country, and whether platforms like Twitter over amplify these issues making them seem bigger.

Haffajee mused over how the tweets of a person, not in a leadership position whatsoever, could have raised the ire of the ruling party and grabbed the attention of the entire country:


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