Velaphi Khumalo pleads for forgiveness after calling for genocide
Velaphi Khumalo, the man who called for black South Africans to do to white people what "Hitler did to the Jews", has apologised.
In an email addressed to South Africans, the African National Congress and the Gauteng government, and sent to News24, a man identifying himself as Khumalo, said it was not his intention to stir up racial tension in the country.
This after he called for the cleansing of the country of white people.
"We must act as Hitler did to the Jews. I don’t believe any more that the is a large number of not so racist whit people . I’m starting to be sceptical even of those within our Movement the ANC. I will from today unfriend all white people I have as friends from today u must be put under the same blanket as any other racist white because secretly u all are a bunch of racist fuck heads. as we have already seen [all sic],” he wrote.
On Thursday, Khumalo said he hoped the people of South Africa would find it in their hearts to forgive him.
"I would like to apologiese (sic) to the Gauteng government for my emotional comments that I made on a public platform. I further want to apologise to the ANC for the comments I made that do not reflect the ideologies of a Democratic society that are our ideals," he wrote.
He admitted that his comments were offensive and "uncomfortable".
"I have seen first hand what racism and oppression of any race can do to a country and would not want my son to grow up in such a society," Khumalo said.
His employer, the Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Department, has started an internal process against him.
Khumalo said he was not willing to comment on the process and what it involved.