UCT Radio dragged to Twitter court for asking: Do black people deserve nice things?

25 April 2018 - 10:02 By Kyle Zeeman
The University of Cape Town radio station tweeted a message asking whether black people deserve nice things.
The University of Cape Town radio station tweeted a message asking whether black people deserve nice things.
Image: UCT Student @UCTStudent via Twitter

UCT Radio has come under fire for asking its social media followers if "black people deserve nice things," after violence erupted at a Kaizer Chiefs game at Moses Mabhida Stadium over the weekend. 

A security guard was one of several people who were injured when angry fans invaded the pitch after a game between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars and caused damage that is estimated to amount to millions of rands.

Safa issued a statement earlier this week condemning the violence and calling on police to take strong action against the hooligans.

While the nation was still talking about the violence, UCT Radio's Twitter account sent out a message on Tuesday night to promote a conversation about the incident.

The station removed the post and soon after issued an apology for the wording of the tweet.

"The previous tweet from this account was admittedly poorly worded. We apologise for offending our listeners. Our intention was to put the tweet in inverted commas as this is the impression which we have picked up from social media," they said in a statement.

They added that the tweet did not reflect their views but "was meant to open a discussion."

They were immediately criticised for the tweet, with followers and celebs like Thembisa Mdoda sharing their surprise over the question and called for a boycott of the station.

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