Tumi Morake. Picture: Kevin Mark Pass

Jacaranda FM breakfast show host Tumi Morake broke the silence regarding the racial uproar about her remarks on apartheid.

Some listeners were up in arms when, during their show, Morake and her co-host, Martin Bester, had a conversation which led to her making an analogy about South Africa's transition to democracy.

Morake then made an analogy to articulate her point.

"It's like a child whose bicycle was taken forcefully away from him and then you say to the bully, 'no, no, no, share the bike together, don't be like that,'" Morake said.

In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Morake reiterated that Jacaranda FM stands by her and she “stands by my statements. Unapologetically.”

“I have remained quiet for the past few days and watched things spiral out of control. Hate begets hate, let's not perpetuate it...
1. I stand by my statements. Unapologetically.
2. The station stands by my statements 
3. South Africa is a diverse country with many different view points, which matter.
4. I would be remiss not to address the furor about my sentiments and I decided to reach across to other side. I was not forced. 
5. I needed to be proactive and so I exercised my agency in listening to views different from my own. 
6. It’s important to engage each other across our differences. And also, stop giving voice to the extreme right and left who hijack these kinds of convos to forward their own agenda.
7. We need to listen to each other as a country, and move together to solve the problems facing our joint futures.”

Morake's remarks were seen to be offensive by many of the station's mostly white, Afrikaans-speaking listeners and some minority groups such as AfriForum and Solidarity. 

Some even called for Morake to be fired, and a number of advertisers have pulled away from the station.

See Twitter reactions the statement Morake made on Thursday night.

On 22 September 2017 at 15:28, Kedibone Modise wrote:
Jacaranda FM breakfast show host Tumi Morake breaks the silence regarding the racial accusations following her remarks on apartheid that she made on the show.

During their show, Morake and was her co-host, Martin Bester, were having a conversation which led to her making an analogy about South Africa's transition to democracy.

Morake then made an analogy to articulate her point.

"It's like a child whose bicycle was taken forcefully away from him and then you say to the bully, 'no, no, no, share the bike together, don't be like that,'" Morake said.

In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Morake reiterated that Jacaranda FM stands by her and she “stands by my statements. Unapologetically.”

“I have remained quiet for the past few days and watched things spiral out of control. Hate begets hate, let's not perpetuate it...
1. I stand by my statements. Unapologetically.
2. The station stands by my statements 
3. South Africa is a diverse country with many different view points, which matter.
4. I would be remiss not to address the furor about my sentiments and I decided to reach across to other side. I was not forced. 
5. I needed to be proactive and so I exercised my agency in listening to views different from my own. 
6. It’s important to engage each other across our differences. And also, stop giving voice to the extreme right and left who hijack these kinds of convos to forward their own agenda.
7. We need to listen to each other as a country, and move together to solve the problems facing our joint futures.”

Morake's remarks were seen to be offensive by many of the station's mostly white, Afrikaans-speaking listeners and some minority groups such as AfriForum and Solidarity. 

Some even called for Morake to be fired and a number of advertisers have pulled away from the station.

See Twitter reactions the statement Morake made on Thursday night.

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