Ex-DA leader caught up in k-word fight

Chiloane T

ANC condemns the racist scandal involving former Mpumalanga DA leader and a possible mayoral candidate for the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, Anthony Benadie, in which a black woman was referred to by the k word by some white patrons in his restaurant.

What disappointed us is the attitude of Benadie who refused to initially disclose the names of the male patrons who had insulted Ms Elna Sikwane, but later revealed the names through his lawyers. According to Ms Sikwane, Benadie threatened to sue her if his name was not removed from social - media platforms after SANCO condemned the incident on Twitter.

Ms Sekwane confirmed that although she was once employed by the DA at its provincial office in Middelburg from 2011 to 2012, this incident had left her feeling dehumanized.

The ANC calls on relevant authorities to investigate this incident as well as the allegation from some sources within DA circles who have confirmed that Benadie failed to act in yet another racist incident in which a former DA researcher, Luyolo Mphithi, complained after a white manager called him by the k-word in 2014.

I thank you.