Senzo Meyiwa, Gareth Cliff, and our need for a hero

Much has been said about Gareth Cliff, and the reaction to his tweet on the day that Senzo Meyiwa was buried. There was outrage, he was labelled a racist, insensitive, and much worse.

But did he have a point? Dumisani Hlophe believes there was merit in Cliff’s question – although it might have come at the wrong time.

Cliff has hit back on his blog saying: “I was called every kind of vulgar thing by a horde of the least eloquent, most furious, marauding lunatics I didn’t know, and who couldn’t have all known Senzo either.”

Hlophe believes we are so desperate for a hero, that perhaps Cliff’s question hit a nerve.

He says we are wired to see racism, first.

He spoke to John Maytham:


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