K-word mayor: I’m so sorry!

Controversial Moqhaka mayor, Motlogeloa Mokatsane. Photo: Joseph Mokoaledi
Controversial Moqhaka mayor, Motlogeloa Mokatsane. Photo: Joseph Mokoaledi

THE controversial Moqhaka mayor, Motlogeloa Mokatsane, has apologised to Mzansi for using the k-word.

Mokatsane has been seen on the video that has gone viral on social media using the k-word, referring to the black people.

He was addressing the angry residents of Viljoenskroon who were picketing outside the Viljoenskroon Magistrates Court on Friday, 18 May against gender-based violence murder case.

The demonstrators were picketing during the court appearance of Pule Maloi, who is the suspect in the murder of his ex-lover Nthabiseng Tshweu and her minor son, Kutlwano.

In his speech, Mokatsane imposed a very sensitive remarks.

“We were born for being criminals as k-word people,” he said then.

The demonstrators corrected him on the spot.

On Wednesday night, 25 May, the mayor made a video where he apologised to the residents of Moqhaka Municipality and to the country.

“I Councillor Motlogeloa Mokatsane wish to unreservedly apologise to the residents of Moqhaka and the country at large for using the k-word when addressing residents who were picketing outside Viljoenskroon Magistrates Court during the bail application of gender-based violence murder case. I would heartedly regret the use of the k-word. And the offence that might have cost the entire nation,” he said.

The mayor’s apology followed the EFF call for his axing.

EFF provincial secretary Malefane Msimanga said: “We will opt for motion of no confidence if the mayor refuses to swallow his pride and resign with immediate effect.”

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