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Here’s the Kuli Roberts racist article causing all the drama
Posted by on Feb 28th, 2011

Lots of people have been asking what the story is with Kuli Roberts and the racist article she wrote in a SA newspaper which was deemed offensive to  Cape coloureds. Well here it is.

Nomakula Roberts is a well known South African television presenter and fashion journalist (go Google her if you you wanna know more) and she made headlines on Sunday and today for this bit of wtf-did-you-smoke-woman article in the Sunday World newspaper.


Racist much Kuli? (i’m stealing that last insult though..)

 Sunday World editor Wally Mbhele said Roberts’ weekly column would be discontinued with immediate effect. Mbhele said he takes full responsibility for publishing the offensive article and added that it was clearly prejudiced. ” [EWN]

Due to public outcry and complaints to the Human Rights Commission the article was scrapped.

Now here’s the thing. Why scrap it?

Leave the damn thing there and let the public have their say.

I’m a grown ass man. I can take it. But i’d like to see what the hell you wrote so i can respond accordingly. And let’s not even get into the whole freedom of speech thing.

And if Kuli lost her column and her job at the newspaper then what happened to the editor that signed off on  this mess?

What do you think? Is the reaction to her article justified?

UPDATE: Kuli apologised on live television and here’s some of what she said:

“I’d like to say to everybody who was offended by my column, I’m really, really sorry.

“I’m not a racist, I’m all about nation-building,”

“Sometimes I think I’m funny when I’m actually not. I’d really like to apologise to everybody … I messed up.” [iol]

Lorenzo April says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

this writer needs a new profession as writing is not 1 of her talents or maybe writing hate mail for some of south africa wtight wing groups, it is sad though to see people of my homeland breaking eachother down and others publishing it for publicity.

hanifa says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i personally do not see this article as offencive or derogatory as i am from cape town and this is the genaral opinion. if one read the article properly one would see that she is merely pointing out the difference of opinions with regards to cape coloureds n any other nation in the country… i do however agree with the fact of freedom of speech and public opinion as well as the question, “why did she lose her job?? what happened to the editor who allowed it to be published??”

Jon says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

David Bullard was fired for a column far, far tamer and much more tongue-in-cheek than Kuli’s diatribe.

One rule for all.

Ameen Chellan says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Nomakula Roberts-i sense an acute dislike for coloured women from the sentiments you expressed,and ofcourse one without reservation.An apology is insufficient and insignificant in these circumstances.I would rather you shred your notion that you are superior,by implication of the colume you so imperfectly scribled-be assigned to a group of coloured women from all walks of life and grasp the essence of their womenhood.Their contributions to a diverse society and beauty needs no further elaboration.Yes,I together with other men would embrace their sexuality-its a natural response to a natural woman.I am proud to be an indian male amongst my countries beautiful and intelligent women.

Ameen Chellan says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Scrap the article,save another tree and expose our countrie’s mishap(Nomakula Roberts) to the nation’s asset- COLOURED WOMEN!

Niki Reschke says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Dude i love this chick its awesome and real, why is the truth so frowned upon, its like me not saying that when most black homies go under water, the facial expression and face wipe is classic hahaha… is that racist ? if so dam me

Kesavan says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

although wriiten tongue in cheek- I think it demonstrates an underlying racist attitude- the sad thing is that I think the so called friends view is widely held. The only difference is that Nomakula voiced it. The extent of the belief is shown in the fact that she did not think it was an issue to put it into print. We have still a long way to go in terms of racial streotyping

Marius Adams says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am coloured and I see no problem with the article. We are known for our sense of humour so now is the time to practice it. Being over-sensitive is not our thing. So to this sister we can say you made us laugh and there was no reason for your bosses to take your job away. Sure your article was not very well written but then there are so many who do not possess the skill of writing who insists on being writers in our media. If your job be taken away let it be for not being able to write, not for making a joke about us. Most coloured people would be able to say to you “jou ma se ****” and they would smile and laugh at the same time and after they say so and you say back “you ma se **** ook” you would both laugh and go on with life, that also is freedom of speech. So, we love you, like we love any other human being. I wish you good luck for the future and if they are too rough for you up in Jo’burg, come down to Cape Town to relax for a holiday, you know we are so much more chilled here about these things and you will always be at home here.

Melanie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

If Nomakula Roberts dislikes coloured women so much why does she change her appearance to look like a dark skinned coloured woman, with a straight weave in her hair and blue contact lenses,Jealous much Kuli? Yes that’s right we can “breed” light skin coloured babies with straight hair and blue eyes if we wanted to, we’re just that versitile and as you said, we don’t have to spend a fortune on hair straightening because we can wear our hair straight or curly, Another thing, I don’t know any coloured women who walk around in PJs and gowns all day, we have jobs we have to go to in order to feed our families instead of selling our souls to rich men in order to have a good life, WE WORK FOR A LIVING, so NOMAKULA ROBERTS, check yourself, because you just committed social suicide, the social circles you hang around in will shun you and you will never work in South Africa Again, oh and I say fire the EDITOR who let this load of crap go to press!!!! SIES!

Marwiro says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Personally, I fail to see the offense here. This is a satirical column which can say all kinds of things about all kinds of things. It is not a documentary. How many blonde jokes have we heard, does anyone take them seriously? And the Irish jokes? Laugh at this and move on please.

L Weber says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

What planet did this woman escaped from ??????????

Vivienne Kyzer says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

why are the coloureds always picked on????

Ian says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ag man, this isn’t the worst column ever written, the fact that she writes about her course hair means that she accepts the flaws of her race and just points out a couple of flaws of the coloured race…….

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i so agree with Melanie

chanty says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i think she has confused colour of skin with culture….

Simone says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Funny or sad as it is…this article merely expresses the general sentiment of many black women. Perhaps this image they’ve created (with the assistance of a minority of “coloured” woman) is less threatening for them than that of the many professional & successful “coloured” women they choose to ignore. However, many of us are guilty of stereotyping…blame it on the society in which we’ve been raised or for whatever other reason we deem fit. Miss Roberts has highlighted this sentiment whether she personally shares this opinion or whether she has merely written the article tongue- in -cheek remains to be seen…we’ll be watching closely. However, I must add that this article even though poorly written has managed to create quite a stir…which I’m sure…knowing Kuli…was exactly her intention. I do, however, believe in freedom of speech & am proud to admit that as a “coloured” woman, I have a great sense of humour so I will laugh & shrug this off. Therefore I don’t believe this article warrants Kuli losing her job. In fact, I’d love to read her article on stereotypical black women such as Khanyi Mbau.

Lee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is so funny……lol.!!! As a Cape coloured woman,who grew up on the Cape flats I have to say that Kuli knows her stuff. Accurate true and correct.Good research girl. I think the fuss that’s been made is coming from the self-righteous, I’m thinking it, but won’t say it – type person which is unfortunately a vast majority of the human race, sadly. Think of it Marc Lottering made thousands of Rands using material like this, and he’s been doing it for years!!! So has many other Stand-up comedians. And I’ll have you know,the very same coloured people actually pay for tickets and sit at the Baxter for to up to 2 hours listening to the exact same jokes about themselves. So why crucify Kuli????? (because she’s black and Marc Lottering is coloured) Well I’ll say that’s you problem right there.So get over yourselves, move on (quickly) and speak out about real issues! Maybe child rape, or poverty, the growing drug abuse problem amongst our youth ON THE CAPE FLATS!!!!!!!! Duuuuuh. Gee people we have more than enough to raise our voices about…. Just take the blinkers off those pretty eyes of yours….

Mudau says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Fortunately (See Mr. Manyi’s ranting) or unfortunately (See Mr. Manyi’s rantings) I am a so-called coloured who does not live in Western Cape..but in that other colonial place (Eastern Cape) where command of the English language (by all all people) defines what we say when we say it and how we say it…mainly cause we had teachers that actually knew how of conquering the English or any other language so we can move our society forward…but I digress…
I sense that whilst most of the coloured community will snigger (pardon the almost pun) at this poorly written cut and paste job of an article about coloured women (sommige van die vrouens sal a no ‘n pyn kry) …the unfortunate reality is that as races we have these generally held views of one another and somehow end of defining it as a culture…it is nothign but an apartheid construct and the point is that apartheid still defines (certainly Kuli’s) views of races without according respect to each other in spite of these…it just gives fodder for media and induce socialite types with little else to do but write poorly written cut and paste jobs of perceptions and pass it off as entertainment. Since slavery days and more recently apartheid was the derogatory use of generalisms to denigrate a people, used as entertainment…why persist with this agenda Kuli! At least you miss our coloured woman…but I sense for all the wrong reasons cause you have so little esteem for yourself…despite what is clearly a gorgeous woman yourself. Kuli my dear, in your next life as priestess or editor (yes you are forgiven), learn from this and get to know your subject before you utter generalisms about people or as the saying “goes walk a mile in someone shoes before you judge”. A forgiving hug…cause ons kullids is mos easy mense!

Helena Morgan says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The first step to resolving racism is to learn to accept that all races are different and each race does have different qualities and mannerisms because of the way they were nurtured. Yes not every coloured person is the same but to generalise is not necessarily a bad thing-provided you not suggesting that it includes EVERY coloured. I thought South Africans prided themselves by dealing with touchy subjects with humour. Why cant we do the same with racism? It seems as though everyone is policing anything and everything people say and any mention of race is unspeakable. It’s pathetic and childish, we should all just be a little more tolerant and choose to replace vindictive remarks with humerous ones and realise that not every racial remark is racist. Learn to laugh at your races own flaws-they all have flaws and all have positives. Kuli shouldn’t be punished for exspressing her opinion and I don’t see why there is such an outcry about this article.

ben says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

lol this actually pretty funny and a tad racist at the same time. dont forget dat this is SA this isnt the 1st article like this to pop up ;D ITS SATIRE HAVE A LAUGH! people keep makin fun of the Jews all the time (i’m jewish and laugh my ass off from the jokes) and dont take any offence. you have to learn to laugh at yourselves once in a while 😉

AMANDA says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Why are the coloured always picked on,what is the ANC doing about the kuli roberts Article when they need our vote they quick what happened to human rights kuli humiliated all coloureds in South Africa and she must be dealt with

Karon says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I would like to know from Miss thang what do you consider your kids ? coloured I guess seeing you marraied a white man. When are we ever goign to move pass all this and just be South Africans. You are sick and I hope I never run into you.

coloured woman says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

After reading the article and comments, I must admit I was conflicted. Do I laugh about it as I have when watching Trevor Noah and Marc Lottering or do I get upset? I must say that in my heart I’m very hurt though. In a country I am so proud of, in a city I love that I can read something like this disgusts me. I am a 25 year old proudly, educated coloured woman living overseas where I’ve not been understood or accepted because of the colour of my skin or my background purely because they don’t understand our history. And I would think that someone who had knowledge of this would not write something so vile and incorrect. Do not presume to know me. If I had to stereotype black woman, only the Lord would know what would happen to me. And FYI, anyone who has ever spoken to me knows that any derogatory statements made in front of me is not acceptable.

I don’t only blame Kuli, or even the editor solely.. I do blame coloured people (not only woman but the men too). Why are we making it so easy for other people to insult us. Where is our pride, our love for our skin colour? we so easily allow people to put us in the middle, to stereotype us. Let’s change that by changing ourselves. In my opinion, we have the best of everything, let’s make use of it.

and please do try and tell me that white, black, indian or whatever else do not drink exessively. The real problem is no longer skin colour but rather classism.

Heronieece Morris says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

An educated comment Coloured woman.Ms Robets seems to still yearn being coloured though.
As some have mentioned, the weave, blue contacts etc.

Perhaps she should have tried to be diplomatic in the article and it would be hilarious.
I also pondered as I read some of these comments, what an uproar it would have caused if the article was about black woman

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

First, I AM A COLOURED WOMAN – AWE TO ALL/HOSH!!!!! and i am from cape townt with very straight hair and fair skin with a hot body!!!! I personally think that my fellow coloured women are just infuriated cos they cant handle the truth.. This is one of the funniest articles i have read in a long time. Kuli, you one up on Trevor Noah who always pokes fun at coloured,white and black people all the time. But because he is coloured, us coloureds dont have a problem with it. I would say that some coloureds are being racist toward you by calling you racist. U dont deserve to be let off, give Kuli her job back, she is witty and hilarious.. LOVE YOU LOTS KULI and Trevor Noah watch out, cos you gotta watch your mouth to save your job… From a proud coloured woman…

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Oh and to Melanie, dont hate on Kuli, she’s hot and you’re jealous

kerrylee AKA KEYIANA LEESON says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm


Angus says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

As a coloured man from Cape Town now residing in Pretoria, I was confronted by loads of people who would ask me if I still had my own teeth and liked snoek . It was questions like that, that made me realize that it’s not generalization or racism, but the closed mindedness of some people. We are a rainbow nation and what we need to remember is that we are individuals who are unique. Your race comes last when you die and maybe that’s how we should live you will be remembered for what you have done in this world and not that you were black, white, coloured.

Patty says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli Kuli Kuli, wow, you just left such a bitter taste in my mouth with these nostalgic reflections you have coined as the Alfa and Omega of ‘’colouretism’’!!! I mean where did you get your facts from? How many coloureds or should I say Cape coloured are you talking about here, and did you really spend time with most of them, and did you realize when writing your article that South Africa is home to millions of coloured people who’s footprints spread over a vast part of this countries landscape…so in short, we are not all from Cape Town, and I certainly don’t think nor believe that those who are indeed from the Cape are what you characterize them to be in your cheap racist article. You need a new hobby because clearly writing and reflecting objectivity trough satire in your articles is not your strong point. It seems to me that you have childhood issues that you havent dealt with, and now as an adult they came to haunt you Kuli!!! Oh is it rather because all your attempts to be like these same coloured people who you have blatantly diminish are actually in fact what you’ve always dreamed of being? Have you perhaps always looked at us, looked at how we are perfectly in the middle, how we represent balance, between black and white, the perfect best of both worlds huh Kuli??? Or is it that you so badly wanted to be like us, that you even went as far as marrying a white man, what, did you think that since you not even close, not even after and all effort of becoming a second hand coloured through toxic skin lighteners and relaxers and weaves, failed fruitlessly, that perhaps your offspring can at least look coloured and have those long silky straight or curled hair you so use to play with when you were still a child, have that skin coloure that makes then look like they just stepped out of an so called Usher video huh Kuli? No wonder that white man cheated on you and had a fun divorcem you might have just made him realise that being married to a drama queen like YOU who cant even accept herself and be happy in her own skin , is not his piece of cake!! lol, You are one hell of a delusional woman and very well known for your cheap controversy and bimbo like tactics, so why are we even surprised that you once again sold out your soul for cheap attention and Cyber fame??? I mean any publicity is good publicity, isnt it Kuli ???wow free marketing for the social psycho!!! On the other hand as disgusted as I am by your utterances in this articles, I feel sorry for you, cos it seemingly seem like the pressure of staying in the lime light doesn’t come easy, its so expensive at times that, it becomes necessary to even openly voice your sick jealousy and childhood crap that you certainly never dealt with…You are who you are, and we are who we are, nobody choose to be here and look the way they do.And for the record, I have all my front teeth, all women in my family have, and all coloured women including those from CT, have beautiful teeth Kuli, Are you sure you still have brain cells left??? And Freedom of speech se voet, this is no freedom, its character assassination, it’s a cheap racial slur with bad stereotism, that should’ve never been made public, and it’s a none factual and certainly reflects no satire nor is it tongue in the cheek.Unaccetable!!! I hope you burn in media and cyber hell till you actually start accepting yourself and everyone else in this country and around the world for who they are, and stop labeling them with your valueless arguments!!! Grow up and get a real man, maybe that will help with your self esteem problems and toxic hatred for beautiful women!!! oh, by the way, there is no difference between black and coloured women, in essence we are all BLACK…so see those four fingers pointing right back at you!!!

Zee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

As a coloured myself, I don’t find the article offensive. It’s the truth, but does not apply to all. What is up with all coloured teenagers falling pregnant, coloureds loving newspapers like the VOICE & SON? While the rest of the world is moving forward coloureds are lagging behind. Get rid of the uninformed mentality, hanging out at the SPUR, going on holidays to MYKONOS, or ANY SELF CATERING FACILITY, using drugs (TIK), standing at SHOP CORNERS, wearing sneakers with LARGE BRIGHT LACES & THICK SOLES, modifying their cars and adding MAG WHEELS that cost more the car itself, that is a few to mention. There is so much more to life, I beg and plead that you see the light and move forward, improve on the dialect, read more informative new articles, we can be so much more. STOP being the clowns and STAND TOGETHER. Stop being envious of what the next coloured has accomplished, always look for the positive. REMEMBER you don’t have to SERVE the WHITE PERSON before the COLOURED PERSON and HELEN ZILLE is most definitely not the be all, end all.

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

and people get so upset that this article was published????? Look at this above… Typical coloured hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I agree coloured women are very beautiful cos we are the future and we have beautiful kids and the hottest husbands and boyfriends… OUr hair is thick and luscious and we love to fight, whether it is verbal or physical… Its in our anatomy deal with… This article by Kuli, is just a joke and nothing that she really feels;… I dont know her personally, but if she really hated coloureds she could have been more harsh….

Liam Awasthi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I love this!!!!
I dont see what the fuss is about….and i am a very proud Coloured!!!!!

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I will sary that the forum is not the best for Kuli to have said the things she said in the article, because it could hit a nerve with some people.. But seriously to get this angry is not necessary…. and to fire the woman is also not necessary, she has apologised and thats all we need for now.

Rochall says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I feel insulted by this article. i don’t disagree that it is somewhat true, but to generalize across the border that’s not fair. I don’t drink “biere” and smoke like a chimney nevertheless do i walk around in malls with curlers….Come on girl! there is a lot of decent well educated coloured people out there. Is there someone out there that can actually speak positive about our culture? all you hear and see is the negative side of it! come on! there is a lot of good too.

Cathy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m cape coloured and don’t walk around with rollers or my pj’s. Yes some of what she said might ring true for some but she generalised. Her comments are stereo-typical and some of it just plain carbage. Where in Cape Town did you grow up where this was the norm for coloured girls? Racist? I don’t know but offensive? YES. What kind of journo are you anyway? Do you envy us that much that you hate us? Your attempts to be like us failed so is this how you deal with your bitterness? Grow up and get a real job.

T says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a coloured woman and I’m not offended. If you’re offended then you are either too blind to see that this is actually true or you are really scared of the truth. When is this country then gonna move on if we cannot break through the generalisation put on each race. As a coloured woman, you don’t have to be in PJ’s the whole day, smoke boxes of cigs, make drama in public or any of the other things that contribute to this generalisation. It is all about choice! Stop getting upset with the truth and move on!

kerrylee AKA KEYIANA LEESON says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm


February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It is unfortunate that the columnist refer to all coloured people as being the same….like so many races, cultures and customs – “people of colour” are faced with the same challenges. It is the calibre of people that you find in a community that will give you the assumption that we are all the same – she clearly associates herself with coloureds who don’t take pride in who and what they stand for (based on their up-bringing). All societies/communities across the world comprises of elements in their communities that amounts to nothing (from Gugulethu, to Westbury, to Columbia (South America) to Harlem New York – if you are well travelled you will realise that the make-up of any society will comprise of certain elements (this includes “white trailer trash” too). I am a proud WELL EDUCATED, SOPHISTICATED, CLASSY, GORGEOUS, WELL – TRAVELLED coloured woman who aspire to so much and continue to silence the “Haters” becasue I have an olive skin, long straight hair, big beautiful eyes, speak elequantly and carry myself with grace. I have goals that I’ve set for myself – I live in my own house in the Northern suburbs, drive my own luxury German car, my kids know the importance of a good education. I take myself and my children on holidays regulary (to expose them to different countries and cultures) – I celebrate my diversity and will continue to do so without having to apologise to anyone.

Miss M says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

People need to relax I dont see anthing wrong with Kuli’s article.Even among us blacks we make jokes about our cultures and tribes and stuff. Batswana ba timana, Bapedi ke dingame, MaZulu a ko ditaxi ranks, MaXhosa ba bolela maaka and the woman steal other people’s husbands. Haaai we need to lightenn up maaan.

Debrooks says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Aint nothing wrong with this article pple!!!!! i luv this article and its so true! besides, she aint the one who said it, she is on the coloured women’s side and the friend she refers to is the one dissing the coloureds!
RE-INSTATE HER!!! Just haters tryna bring down the sista……………..

Bonnie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

If i had to copy paste that same article and put my name on it, would my fellow coloureds brothers and sisters have a laugh… yes…they would. There are many such emails around already. Does it change the truth, or make it a lie, if a black or white person write it?

ian says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i dont know what’s worse the actual article or the morons commenting on it who are trying to make light of it… the article is badly written, in bad taste and the tone is vulgar. the fact that we still make light of this type of thing and try to justify it shows that we are heading in the wrong direction… proliferating this type of trash and disrespect is what’s going to see this country turn into the likes of Ruwanda where ethinic groups start chopping each other up in the streets! absolutely disgusting, makes me want to leave this f’ing place!

Jaded says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m coloured, My friends joke about ALL nations ALL the time. We should also be able to stand for a bit of jibing now and again…It is after all the rainbow nation. I do not think she should be crucified..not hailed for her comedic expertice either but people please. This is just a witch hunt.

Lewis Du-Pont says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I just love the article…. I see nothing wrong with it… I am a so called colored n she hit the nail on the head…
1. We love to fight
2. We somkey like no ones biz
3. we do have crazy sex
4. colored people are crazy
5. why did she leave out the we always have a scrap parked in the yard that we say we going to fix it and never……
If people are getting fired for the truth, damn we should startin lying.

Ashley says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Her kids are not coloured!
It is ignorant to assume that that bi-racial children in SA automatically qualify as ‘coloured’. Coloured, like black and white in SA is a socio-political racial construct. We who live and identify as ‘coloured’ people are bound by ties that go back to 1652. We exist today as a cultural group because of creolization process and not because of miscegenation. Get the memo! Kuli’s kids like Trevor Noah and Tokyo Sexwale’s children are not coloured, they are not creole, they do not share the same genetic gene pool as us.

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Patty, for sure your comments are valid and will hold alot of ground when it comes to the coloured people who are now “Kuli haters” due to this article. However, you are talking about character assasination and all that hogwash.. DO read your comments about Kuli and try to see how you are being judgemental and accusing a proud black woman of wanting to be someone else. There are alot of educated people, all kinds in fact not just coloureds.. The article is a JOKE, i work with white and black people and we poke fun at each others races all the time, simply because we make a generalisation without meaning to offend anyone…. You guys are so angry with Kuli for making, i will say again A JOKE!!!!!!! Relax and put your efforts into something worthwhile, like not stooping down to being racist toward others… Kuli made a mistake by generalising and some people here are being completely judgemental and racist toward her.. Thats worse… And u know what, there are coloured people who are like what Kuli says above and u know what, they will find the above funny….. Stop harassing the woman and live your own life.

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Right, at least that’s cleared up.
Okay, the article is boring. She must have written it coming home from one of her benders because quite frankly they should have fired her for the lack of snap, crackle and pop. It tries to be humourous but is actually quite obvious where the laughs should be but well, let’s say it’s been rehashed a few too many times.
However, to fire Ms Robers over a small matter like this is ludicrous. Look at what we do other South Africans on a regular basis. Was it because she was a black person writing about coloured people. From the reponses it would seem that some lighter skinned folks are not even offended.
In South Africa, we have to push a lot more in order to get negative stereotypes and prejudices out. They need to come out. The TRC was not able to heal, if it in fact healed any of us. So now with freedom of opinion let us say what has been left unsaid and at least in the name of comedic writing.
If the article had been sharper it may have stung and throughout Khuli points out that ‘her friend’ is the one who holds the negative views so why are we chastising her? Search Jozi for this cretin and then crucify her.
Ms Roberts, please entertain. I can imagine you have a sharp wit but it is not trnaslating onto paper, hence the predicament in you are in.
Tumi Wright

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‘the devil you don’t…

Kareema says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think she made her mistake by generalizing the way she did…other than that i had quite a bit of a laugh…from a proud coloured.

Zen says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I really don’t see what the fuss is about!
firstly, this is the way/style she writes. if you read her column you should know that.
i’m not offended at all. far from it!
really people, it wasn’t meant to be funny – the same way we all crack jokes about other races!!

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Personally I find absolutely nothing wrong with this article. Comedians make use os such stereotypes all the time in their acts and people laugh about it. Why when put in print people find something that is in the least bit racist so.The truth is that in many coloured communities most of what she has written about is true, so why tie your panties in a knot over this.I think that people need to stop using the race card when it suites them.Kuli has done nothing wrong and the management is wrong for discontinuing her column.Just because this was said by a black woman people are in a tizz! what about the racism subjected on black folk by coloured folk in the Western Cape, if this issue must be politicised let’s speak about how coloured people continue to stand on the fence on many issues that affect the poor who constitute the majority of black people in this country-and by black I am referring to all who are not white.Many coloured people do not even want to be referred to as black! So people let’s first become conscious and coloured folk it is now okay to take out your African grandparents from the suitcases and place them on your walls, I am tired of seeing the white ones, for those who have African ancestry!

Tanya says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think she’s jealous that Coloured women can sing ” I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH, I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH” and

1) It’s our Own Hair
2) It’s our Own Hair
3) IT’S OUR OWN HAIR….even in rollers

oh yes!!!! And Trevor Noah is Coloured! There deal with that…see how cute they guys are when we mix the gene pool….

kuli Roberts says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I see you coloureds can’t handle the truth

Pagamesa says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is lagbol.

Cindy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Shame Kuli!!! How my respect just dropped for you. I feel really sorry for you. I hope that you loose all your coloured fans. I can’t beleive that I actually admired you at a stage. How disgusting!

Me says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Silly article, a lot of poorly written jibber jabber. Kuli should have been fired for being a bad writer a long time ago, she’s said worse about black people so this should not be a race debate. She just shouldnt be writing.

Eugenie Douglas says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am not coloured, therefore nobody can say that I have a chip on my shoulder. Whether this was meant as a so called “tongue in the cheek” “joke”, it is a very poor one. It is hurtful and shows disgusting taste. I cannot believe that someone (Kuli) a product of the Y generation, and God forbids, someone with a degree! in journalism, can come up with hatespeech, fit for a sleezy tabloid crap like this.

That her editor could approve this just goes to show that maybe journalists these days must go back to the drawing board. What does her professor say, I wonder? Has she ever had one???

Her so called “friend” in the article is probably no other than her own alter ego… I wonder what her famous sister and the rest of her family thinks of her now. It shows poor upbringing and even worse judgement. Maybe it’s time you grow up, Nonkula.

Ellenor says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Fact is, those comments can be screamed from a mountain top…carved in stone….whatever…It will never make them true. One can never generalise like that without exposing ignorance. Lets all put this woman out of our minds & stop wasting our time & energy lavishing her with the attention & publicity that she so obviously craves. I’m honored to know many many many virtuous, God fearing, career driven, motivated, kind hearted, cultured & beautiful ‘colored” (for lack of a better word) women. So lets celebrate that & be grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Sibusiso says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Why does the truth hurt? In my opinion, Coloured people are by far the most violent of the nation. I have heard of muggings from coloured and not one of them was without blood being drawn from the victim, compared to those heard about blacks.

I do that Kuli simply took what was on he mind of many people and put it in writing. Just like the perceptions that have been written in the past about blacks not being educated or literate, we have seen a large of highly educated blacks emerging from universities (except the president, nxa).

I think what should e done by the race is to take their weaknesses and convert them to strengths.

Phillipa says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

First of all; KULI has two Coloured children so she can’t be accused of being racist against Coloureds but she should be fired for bad writing.
Secondly: MOST Coloured women LIGHTEN their skin and use hair-straightners and relaxers and wear weaves. Only those with 1/4 or more white or Indian blood have naturally long hair otherwise MOST are a mixture of African/Khoi-san and Asian blood from centuries ago.
As for you Coloured woman: you say you are not understood overseas, Well, possibly because you are reminded that the word “coloured” is a derogatory slave term even though South Africans are proud of it as they believes in makes them different from Africans.

Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I fail to understand what all the FUSS, HUFF and PUFFING is about.? I mean, KR just talks and she talk kak most of the time and we all know it. She has written nonsense about Blacks, Whites, Indians and Chinese? No outcry. All of a sudden, and at the back of utterances made by Jimmy M, suddenly people want to for a change I might add, stand up? Whats up with that. Let’s talk facts here –

1. Coloured people talk funny, musical at most. They are the only people who speak like this.
2. Coloured people are not afraid to walk around with their curlers to the mall. They do it even here in Joburg.
3. Compared to Black women, Coloured women smoke a lot.
4. Compared to other races, Coloureds for some strange reason do not have front teeth. Except the Joburg ones, unless they are sophisticated and got themselves false teeth?
5. Coloured women have longer hair. I know for a fact that they blow dry their hair to keep it straight!
6. Coloured people like designer clothes. and there is nothing wrong if one’s priority is designer clothes, instead of investing their money.
7. Lets do a comparative study of Coloured professionals, vs other races.

Kuli had the balls to say things as she is exposed to them. just like I see a lot of rape being perpetrated by Black men, peadophilia being a White thing, the list goes on. We hide behind being “politically correct” and are afraid to confront societal issues and address these accordingly.

Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

take a chill pill people and rather retrospect into what Kuli is saying and identify a problem there. there is an underlying problem there and people are sooooo focused on RACE. Coloured for instances is not a race?

Gie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

People have no sense of Humour… this is just like a cartoon. Just get a life. Big Ups Kuli

Anon says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is hilarious! yet so true.. but we(coloureds) are not nuts, that I guarantee you. You never mentioned about the swirllkous and the yard biere….lol! Going on an outing to the beach with a pot of breyani, boiled eggs and frikkadel and don’t forget the watermelon and spanspek… Coloured people are unique. All coloured ppl should be proud of who they are. Anyway… why she had to lose her job because of this article, is beyond me. Everything she mentions in this article is true. If you cannot handle the heat, get out of the kitchen…

kerrylee AKA KEYIANA LEESON says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm


Nelly says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A few coloured pple made some noise and were offended by a really funny not so well written article of course but it is still funny, i loved it! People must relax and learn to laugh at themselves a little, Khuli writes funny stuff about all sectors or should I say races in SA, why the big fuss with the coloureds? You people should stop bitching so much my coloured mother must be turning in her grave! I thought you were supposed to be the most fun loving crazy bunch and now you are moaning over this?! Sies man relocate to Botswana where the only coloured president does not drink alcohol, he he he! So what are you gonna do next? Tell Trevor Noah to stop saying stuff about you all? He is also coloured…Get a life!

Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kerrylee – your uneducated and vulgar response just proved Kuli right!

kerrylee AKA KEYIANA LEESON says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm


Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

well, how many of you would boast about a Bachelor’s degree. Education my Coloured sista is not about education, but one’s ability to differentiate between value and rubbish. For an academically educated woman, it is not becoming and unexpected of you to resort to vulgar. your actions alone have just proved Kuli’s point about Coloured women ready for a fight. “unsuccesful abortion”? thats a new one…very funny I might add. All I am saying is, prove Kuli wrong. All the other “angry haters” have written is very emotional. The intelligent ones know KR talks kak and makes fun of what and how we are. The intelligent and educated ones like myself as the question ” Could there be truth in KR controversial opinion”? If NOT, what is the current make up of the people that are labelled Coloureds in this country? Where are the lies in her column? engage this woman, or other readers on the LIES in her column.

I am happy you have your degree, perhaps you can join those of us already approaching our PhD in order to bring about change, and add to the body of knowledge. Maybe I will change my PhD research focus and look at this Coloured issue. I see that KR has just rubbed rough salt on a deeply hidden wound that people drink or “ik smoke themselves into a stupor in order to forget the pain and truth. Where are the LIES in KR’s “opinion”. Remember it is her “on personal opinion”.

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Noma, please accept my apology as a coloured woman as to how this educated and i am sure beautiful coloured woman Kerrylee is responding and acting unlady like.. Kerry, you’re embarassing us coloureds… Come on now!!! Anon waaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha that is so true, i have indulged in everything you said, and we all dance the same when we drink the yard biere hehehehehehehe!!!! I think u should write a column…. Coloureds stand together and laugh at this article as we all know that its funny!!! This poor kuli now gets fired, cos we want to act emotional and feel offended… Very often, people get defensive because its the truth… THink about that

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Noma, seriously you are my hero :-) I actually enjoy reading your comments simply because its not vulgar and the use of language… Right on the mark there doll!!!!! I am coloured and agree that if some of coloured women didnt get so emotional, this would turn out differently….. The comments are mixed, some are really angry and venting it and others like myself (coloured) are laughing at the column because its funny whether she or Trevor Noah says it…

Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hoshja, we might laugh at this, however I think its up to us to ensure that another new generation of KR does not write such an articles in 20 years time. If and when that happens, Kuli will be vindicated because what she wrote now, would be truth then. question is, how do we as young intelligent and educated young people engage on such issues? For how long will we keep laughing?

so where can I get the yard bierie? Also what is it? Maybe I will ask my Coloured aunt to make it for me next time I visit Somerset East:-) hey we must take a chill pill and rather get angry over corruption and wasterful expenditure in government.

Noma says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

H, make the yard bierie and invite me please. I wonder if this beer is not the equivalent of what Black mamas make, called “imbamba” in Soweto? I hear on half a litre, you are drunk the whole day!! tl tl tl, kwa kwa kwa!

I want to challenge the stereotypes about Coloureds and would like to have my limited social knowledge of the Coloured people illuminated. It would be nice to engage on such cancers of our society.

Thando N says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

One thing I enjoy is seeing the comments of some of the coloured people on this page who actually accept the truth in the stereotype and laugh at it. When I heard the uproar on the radio and in the news about this article being a naked stereotype and how Kuli must be severely dealt with, I thought, “Man this must be a really offensive article”, but to be honest, after reading it I failed to see what the big fuss is about. How many times are blacks, whites and even chinese people stereotyped and ridiculed in a humorous manner? I thought South Africans have learnt to move from the past and laugh at ourselves. Kuli says alot of crazy things in her articles. She makes fun of everyone and we all know not to take it seriously. Yes she is highly opinionated and brash, but thats why her column is called Bitch’s Brew. Is there a problem because its a black woman talking about coloured women? Would it be different if a coloured person wrote the same article? I think so. White people are the butt of most jokes in this country being ridiculed almost everyday, being the target for most comedians. How come they haven’t said anything? I just think people need to get over themselves. When jokes are made about black women I laugh at what’s funny and true, and brush off what isn’t true. Enjoy life. Don’t have a heart attack of something so tiny. Come on now.

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Noma, you know what.. I dont think that we need to worry right now about new generations writing and publishing such articles.. Thanks to education and more and more children educating themselves and mixing their “races” up the way we were never allowed – would definitely ensure that they are not as narrow minded as some other people to get upset about the KR column… They will be well informed to know that those remarks is a generalisation and that it happened years before.. We all know, Kuli is not speaking about all coloured people, but hey one coloured cant change the perception and mindset of other coloureds.

Here’s to hoping our kids and their kids will not be as silly as some in this generation and just laugh upon it, that they move on with life and continue to be successful.. Thats the only thing that i can say about how things pan out in the future…. we just need to keep them out of the yard LOL…
All we know, is that us educated individuals who are very confident about our abilities and in turn about our so called races have nothing to worry about…. I love being South African cos of our diversity… Being a coloured, black or white or whatever is the way we were born and we all have our different and sometimes funny cultures right????
Thanks for your insightful comments Noma :-) some people have alot to learn from you…. peace out coloureds, blacks, whites, jews, muslims, christians, those from mars, those from uzbekistan… Julle almal….. Move on from this..

ANON says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

WOW. what a read. Living in Cape Town, I do feel that Kuli is generalising. I have many decent coloured female friends. Coloured people – or the more PC term – Mixed heritage people – are unique. I love living here because of all this “uniqueness”. It makes us Capetonian. It makes us South African. We are a beautiful colourful nation. Doesnt anyone else see this??

Kerrylee – Im disgusted. You are making the situation worse by being so disrespectful towards your fellow South African. We all just need to get over ourselves and accept the fact that everybody has different qualities – be it missing teeth, weaves, having a potjie with the family – that makes us US… and Noma – big ups to you – everything you have said is so true!!

Get Real people – this is our country – these are our people – start accepting them for who they are or we will never grow up as a nation and grow out of this “new apartheid” we are creating. It seems we are just going backwards as time goes on.

Renew says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli!!!!!!!!!! Finally someone awoken the damn coloureds..”ooh so julle is nog hier” it hurts but lets face it..most of it is true but no one likes to be pointed at. Im proudly coloured, and think thats just Kuli’s opinion. We do like drinking, swearing, fighting and the whole nine yards, uit tande of da not!!! so what..los os uit..let sleeping dogs be….Look at it as just another publicity stunt…ek gat slaap met n swirlkous maar dis my hare wat ek swirl..nothing plastic about it…ouch!! why go there..its not even worth it..Dont loose sleep over this little persons perspective of a coloured…sticks and stone ne…!!!! Ride the wave Kuli!! just be sure to wear your life jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue-Ann says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

As a coloured, I guess I’m supposed to be offended by the column. I’m more offended, though, that there is such a screeching, knee-jerk reaction to what is simply a poorly-written piece – and that Kuli was fired for what her editor allowed to be published.

I’ve read lots of satirical columns – and some not so satirical – about the stereotypical coloured. This certainly isn’t anything close to the best – or worst – I’ve read, but it really isn’t worthy of the almost hysterical reaction it’s received. Come on, do you honestly think everyone believes all coloured women have gaps in their front teeth? That’s like saying about and expecting it to be taken seriously.

And like it says in this post, why was Kuli castigated and not her editor, and the subs who allowed the column to be printed? Surely someone responsible for the final product should have raised an alarm before they went to press? Talk about stupidity!

I don’t find Kuli particularly amusing, and I shudder at her mangling of English, but this brouhaha is so typical of South Africans’ over-reacting mentality! Every damn thing is racism, it seems. I thought we coloureds had more brains than falling for that sad old trope.

Simone says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kerrylee please please stop…as a so called “coloured” woman I implore you to stop! Your comments are beyond embarrassing. You are single handedly validating the very comments you claim is offensive. Thank goodness some of us “coloured” folk actually do have a sense of humour outside of the theaters. On the other hand, are there some of us who seriously deny that these perceptions actually exist or that there is a certain culture amongst some “coloured” folk whom have helped create this perception? I am not offended because the shoe really doesn’t fit me or many other “coloured” women I know. Instead a chuckle or two will suffice. Come on guys….as Noma says..those who have the “privilege” of knowing Miss Roberts realises that she talks ..dare I say “kak” most of the time. Yet, I have to admit it was entertaining in it’s own amateurish way…not excluding the criticism/ comments thereafter. Miss Roberts…I believe is not a racist…but rather a desperate journalist who made a concerted effort to increase her reader base. So with her objective achieved…..can we all just chill!

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Spot on Simone….

Lydia says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Nothing wrong with the article in question, why fire her, fire the editor and the perosn who allowed it to go to press in the 1st place.

So she tells a bit of truth, so what. Who cares.

Neemy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Yes I agree as a proudly “Cape Coloured Lady I find Kuli’s comments
hilarious! I suppose its both Kuli’s childhood fantasies and fears
thats getting the better of her. I hope she has taken a good look
in the mirror and maybe see who’t trying to look very Coloured . We
Coloured people are a proud race we dominate the population in Western
and Northern Cape Regions. Our ladies are not only beautiful,but
they are funny, intelligent, down to earth, excellent cooks wonderful hosts
and easy going notwithstanding highly educated and sensual lovers that knows their place. Black men simply loves us to bits. The thing that makes
Cape Town Coloureds unique apart from being multilingual is our heritage. Anon you’re a beautiful person I simply love you to bits I’m a Cape Coloured with a full set of teeth without the swirlkous and curlers. You’ve taken me down memory lane. Ag hoe wens ek weer daai goeie ou dae is terug wanne ons taannies die hele pad se laatjies op ‘n bakkie laai met ‘n groot pot breyanie en kerrie of die roti word somer op die beach afgebak, tupperwares vol samoosas, pies en sommer botter en kaas ook met aan-maak drinks.Mind you ons was somer a variety van Coloureds, Africans, Jews, Indians Potjies you name it we were all there never mind the colour so yes what all the fuss about Coloureds. It seems Kuli is still stuck between a Hot Rock and the Apartheid regime mentality.

Diva says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

When I heard about the article I expected that it would be a lot more than what was written – those who have an issue with it have they actually read it and understood it or was it the usual ‘selective understanding’ I really hope that Kuli gets her job back as this really doesn’t warrant her being fired. How we coloured jump to conclusions once again instead of investigating first – she clearly states what her views are and what are her friends views – really people can you really have a problem with the article we really need to get lives when this is the only thing that excites us.

Neemy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

As for Noma and Hoshja stop Bullying Kerrylee, I suppose she expressing yourself in a very colourful way you go Kerrylee.

Colored Ou says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i dont see anything wrong with what Kuli said in the article. I am a Cape Colored and those things that she said, even though generalised, are true. If Kuli was colored, would it be a problem? If it were a colored women writing the article about white or black women, would that be racist? i think the people who shout “thats racist” are the biggest racist in South Africa. The generation that were born after 1994, do you here them jumping up and shouting “thats racist”? we are a multi-racial nation but is not allowed to make fun of one another, unless you want to be labled a racist. When Julius Malema was shouting “thats racist” didnt every person in RSA, except the Julius fans, call him an idiot? (sorry Mr Malema) stop lingering on the past. we are to set an example for our child. there are guidlines though, straight out rudeness should not be tolerated however taking the mickey out of someone that should be OK with everyone. Just think about the things you told your spouse behind close doors about someone and refering to their race.

Toni says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Heard all the hype about the article and actually felt embarrassed for Kuli, seriously how can you put your name on such a poorly written article? Many comedians have a field day with people of colour as material for their work, how many of them get slammed for it? Hardly any, in fact I often find myself in stitches, thinking that they hit the nail on the head! Her article has no flow, poor delivery of punch line just plain weak!

Liz says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I assume Ms Roberts has no children, never goes to the hairdresser,never eats fish, has good dental care amongs other things.
Being Coloured is rather nice as she implies. (nothing black or white about it.) But have you watched television lately? Seen how many problems we have? Focus,People, focus! We have other fish to fry .This passion about what Ms Roberts says is silly.

Anita says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Firstly, I am not a coloured woman. I was raised in Cape Town so I know many coloured women, but in no way am I saying I know what it feels like to read this article as a coloured woman.
I don’t think what Kuli was trying to do is voice out her opinion about the coloured race. I think she was explicitly pointing out what goes on in other peoples minds, and their prejudice ways. We all can’t say exactly where she was coming from, but i fail to believe that she could bluntly say all these things because she wanted to cause an up roar and get fired. Maybe she wanted people to start talking about why South Africa to this day has such issues and we don’t cry about it when someone in the streets says, but the minute she wrote about it, she was called racist.

sd10zn says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

“Coloureds,bruinos,bushies”, etc. Perceptions or misconceptions? Fact or fiction? This is the state of our nation. Nearly 20yrs on and none the wiser, about each other. A sad state indeed. Shame on us all. What did so many people suffer and die for? We all need to make greater effort to socialise cross culturally, and multi-racially, to irradicate just what’s happened here. My I.D. classes me coloured. I am a HUMAN BEING first, South African second, African third! I’m proud of all I am. Are you? To Kuli, you are the master of your own demise, and you’ll answer to your own children. To everyone else, keep talking, learning, mixing. One love!

candy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

LoL I must say as I read it I could think of so many ppl in my community who fit each of the characteristics KR described.. I think if she wrote the article a lil more humorous ppl wouldn’t hav found it so offensive. Ag let’s all lighten up n laugh at ourselvs from tym to tym mense. (^^,)

K says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Amen!. This is what I call a win win conflict. Everyone seems to be at peace now. No one was wrong on the comments, Even Kerrylee as she had an opportunity to vent her anger so she can also learn from others. As for Kuli Roberts, if it was her fate then let it be. Only God knows what persuaded her to write this article, but I beleive like everyone, God also loves her and His Will will always prevail.

Ricaado says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ooh Nomsa, vEry big of you to mention your (not quite yet) PhD status (twice). Not pompous at all, Doc!!!

Kerrylee, gee jou fone number, ek bet jys ‘n blerrie mooi kin!

Proud to be Coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well what can i say there are a lot of haters out there, and to tell you the truth i dnt find this offensive because i take pride in the fact that i am a couple and we all unique, even though kuli might have highlighted the not really appealing things about coloureds, there is much more great things about being coloured, we age well, we not dumb, another things is that when we clever, we are really damn clever. As for the other races, they say really stupid things, much like kuli, Julius Malema just to mention a few. I mean seriously are your brains not connected to your mouths because you guys tend to say things that are really stupid. And another thing is that as coloured we shout when we want to be heard, African ppl shout all the time and consider it having a conversation… So ja we all unique as we are and the coloured race is as unique as they come.. Love us Hate us, Either way you thinking of us.. hahahhaha

Eugenie Douglas says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Nothing wrong with writing good comedy – If you want to use the Trevor Noah analogy: he makes fun of himself being “the Daywalker” He doesn’t poke fun at albino’s, hurting feelings jus to draw audiences. Maybe KR should’ve just taken a very different approach to her writing. There is a fine line in comedy – it is good for our nation not to be too serious about some stuff, but columnists should not be harsh and vulgar, just to get ratings. Maybe that is a useful lesson for all newspaper editors to take into consideration. The same thing happend to Afrikaans writer / satirist Deon Maas when he made fun of religion.

In satire, vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon.

Adrian says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The column that KR wrote, had a few funny parts that was true, but mostly consisted of half truths and whole lies, sterotypes, sterotypes that is consistant with all south african races(coloureds love designer clothing, all races love designer), derogative to coloured woman(as if we breed like rats). Coloured woman have a very difficult life and should be admierd for there strenght and enduring qualities.

In the coloured community there is a real issue with alcolchism with roots lying in the cape winelands, when the farmers didnt pay there coloured workers with cash but with wine, that created alcolism amongs coloureds and has passed on through the generations.

I have a question for you have you ever seen a coloured man in a black label advert. I wonder why they call it black label and not coloured label.

If Allen Boesak sent coloured woman to increase the coloured nation. That means he sent you too , because you have also extendend the coloured nation with your coloured children. I actually want to thank you for making the coloured nation circle bigger. So thank you very much.


Andrew says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is just a big Why did’nt people say anything when she writesbad about black men.OK she did write a sour article but who is perfect anyway. I actually love to read her articles even if she says we(black men) do not treat our women right. Whwt am I gona read on a sunday now?

NZ says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I fristly heard about the article on radio and thought wow, i must read it, now i dont normaly read KR’s articles because, even though there is an element of truth in them, they are too abraisive for me to digest.

So i stopped readign her article, now hearing about this i was intrigued as to what did she write.

After reading the article, i was dissapointed because, its KR, she is like that, its nothing knew about her, and those who are offended clearly have a low opinion of themselves, i have coloured friends, who do none of those things she talks about, my friends are in Johannesburg, but i dont have a CT coloured friend, so i cant realy comment on that one.

My friends are people just like me, they speak english ans afrikaans and i had friends that i used to work with who spoke with the accent, i thought was kind of cool, and i actually learned to speak with that accent, its uniquely South African.

I had a coloured friend from Upington, she is married and has one kid, she is a young professional, so what KR said is just pure nonsense, its the nature of her articles.

So i think coloured people who dont know what KR is talking about mustnt get their nickers in a knot, just like i cannot fully understand the plight of some black person who lives in a shack, those who havent been CT coloured, never smoked tik, go to the proper hairdresser to do their hair, dont wear rollers to the mall, shouldnt be moved by this.

That is my opinion, its KR being herself.

jacques says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Some interesting comments that were made, however, many miss the point. Someone mentions something about coloureds not having front teeth, I do find that funny, as I do most tasteful race jokes, however, I must question the intelligence of someone who makes such a sweeping statement. I am a coloured male who spent some in jhb and a large amount of people I encountered think that every coloured person hails from Cape Town. Sadly, this is not the case, there are thousands of coloureds across the country who have never even been to Cape Town, nor have any association with the city. So, instead of using fancy English words to let the world know that you are on your way to a phd, rather learn more about each other and understand the simple fact that even though there is truth in stereotypes, all it will ever be is a sterotype.

Mase Kind says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hai julle,dit is nou n storie wuh! Pity die aunty was nou gefire,sy moet saam HR praat oor die job loss want dis mos ha lanie wat veroosaak het dat sy nou ha job verloor het net coz os keni jokes vati…ok…ek like okie jokes ie! Ek ken ek is n Coloured,no reminder needed,Thank you!

Article could have been drafted differently for sure, hoping that Kuli got the “ratings” she wanted… Ai…da gat os wee…n wanne be like me…Coloured…a radiant Koi-San!

Celebrate your uniqueness mense! Swirlkous,slippers en missin tande of te not!

Savage says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hey folks. Quick reminder that racism directed at others is a red card offense and your comment will be deleted. If you really must swear then use ******** please otherwise i have to do it and its kak annoying. Thanks for the support though.

jacques says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

May I add that the Article was extremely badly written, in my opinion that was her only sin. I must say though that us coloured people generally are quite funny.

kevs says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

1. i like beer inc black label. seen all races drinking black label. except chinks coz they only drink hooshee
2. i like breeding.. so do all races. hosh ek is die naai masjien (the more the merrier)
3. i love designer clothing. so do all of us. versace is my cousin (i got italian roots)
4. nothing wrong with fighting, ask shaka and dingaan they’ll tell u all about it
5. i know what tik is. tik means touch…i’m gona gona touch u KR
6. shouting is good stress relief… thats y black people speak so loud
7. we share a common plate breaking cultural activity with greeks…thats y we dont invest in plastic plates theyre a waste of time (its fun you should try it)
8.. wtf y are they called naaijas, they should be called genaaijas. they no competition man
9. oh yes, versace launched his new pajamas line. hola hopps cousin van my

its so nice coz i’m not too dark, neither too light.
i’m mixed just right
waiting for a fight to take place at night
pajamas opgetrek hold my girl so tyt
lets sing along coz our future is so bright

Mark Jackson says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I read the article written by Kuli Roberts and this is very disappointing, well the damage has been done, I wonder what would happen if something was written about the black South African race, Oops! something has already been written, see below, I guarantee you their would be an uproar, well Kuli all I can say is this that your mentality needs to change, by making these statements you have really opened up a can of worms and I don’t think that you would appreciate it if we coloured people had to make remarks about your race group, there is quite a bit I can write about black people and their mentality, however I won’t, why don’t you go and read the following book by Chika Onyeani, “Capitalist Nigger” a black man who has alot to say about the black race and their mentality. Oh and by the way the strategy of using your anonymous friend and trying to use satire in your article did not work at all. Last but not least, why is it that so many black women in South Africa would like to have straight hair, well we can see all the adverts, the hair extension and wigs proves one thing, you want to be like women of other ethnic groups who have been blessed with straight hair. I wonder who is having an identity crisis. Even you Kuli have tried the hair extensions your very picture on your column speaks a thousand words.

Mase Kind says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My laste 10 cents voor ek nou koenite se!

@ Sibusiso, homie, you gotta know that we all have the inate ability to be dangerously violent…it might just be that you have only experienced so called “coloureds” reacting that way! You gots to get out more buddy, you’ll be surprized at what you find.

My people…os moet nou hierie storie uit by die deur vee en ve Kuli bid sodat sy n mooi oplossing kry ve ha major dilemma :(

My afrikaans is pathetic…and I did it higher grade at school,ja ne 😀

One love mense! Mag die Magte Vader julle almal seen!

Mase Kind

Proudly coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Awe .Ma se kend,hoe lyk hulle .Lol

jacques says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Mase Kind, fantasties

m says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli its so sad that u think of coloured woman in this manner if there’s anyone u should b angry with iy should b your great great granny who slept with her boss to bring us coloureds in2 the world. Nd if we so much wanted long straight hair like whites as u put it y do they have ONLY have pics of your black sisters on hair relaxers??? Nd about us been violent of course yes we have police driving up nd down in our coloured communitees hey!!!! U need to like seriously get a life girllie!!! Nd remember us coloured women do not go into checkers and steal frozen chickens nd stuff it inbetween our legs because our asses just aint as big as yorls!!! About the name brands I would love for u to do a survey on that nd see who exactly lives for name brands girlie!!! U wonna take on us coloureds bring it on, we stand together girllie!!!

george says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i think that this woman’s article is terrible .no amount of condescending advice can wish it compares the the coloured woman to a prostitute .it is toxic thinking
of the worst kind .i am glad that all these vitriol is coming out so that people can open their eyes to what some people are really thinking about them without the
supposed veneer of civility.she abused the trust put in her by the editor and management.a kneejerk reaction , but at least they acted .i wonder if she’s going to sue .would not surprise me at all.

My 2 cents says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hello people :-)

I can see the humor in her article but not even a comedian would dare crossing the line to that extent. A lot of what was mentioned is in fact true for many colourdes, but over time we have all become so diverse that we cannot refer to a racial group and generalize it the way it has been done in her article.

It is shocking to see how ignorant someone can be taking into consideration Kuli’s educational and corporate background. Instead of just judging her (considering the fact that her column has already been discontinued) lets look at ourselves as well.

(From a 24yr old coloured female who does not smoke, drink, go clubbing or have any children, I can’t fight and other than the fact that tik is a drug..I don’t actually know what it is :-)

Godfrey says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Firing her was a kneejerk reaction to the nonsensical uproar, by people with no sense of humour at all that have made this mole hill a mountain. Her piece may be badly written but it is funny. We must not allow this to deteriorate into a name calling race issue. Besides there are a lot of other satirical columnists country wide who do the same thing in their publications, should they all be fired too?.
Big up to all of you who are sane enough to find the humour in this article, albeit poorly written. Kuli must get her job back so she can improve on her writing skills. As gor you and me fellow South African, I can only say that if we tackled all our social ills with the same zeal and energy as we did this article, South Africa would be the best and safest country on the planet.

Ma se Hond says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Black women are so st—-pd –
1.that they allow there husband to have 9 wives,
2. have nine children while living in a plastic shack,
3. serves more alcohol to her drunk husband,
4. wear fake hair to look like coloureds,
5.wear fake louis vuitton(Mara Louw) and Christian Louboutin (Uyanda Mbuli) handbags and clothes,
6.try to be like coloured women,
7.marry white men and produce coloured babies,
8.write bad stuff about coloured women not knowing that it is bad.

If coloured are a “naaimasjien” then they are the manual Singers and black are the automatic “Elna”.

Vat so Kuli !! Jou ma se hele week se wages!!!

Proudly Coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This is grossly offending, but on second thought it does not matter to me at all. Why should we as coloureds care what a naive, narrow minded girl has to say. It is obvious that article was written out of childish jelousy for coloured woman. But what the article does bring out for me is that we as the coloured population need to rise and make our voice heard and make as much noise as any other becuase it seem like this is not an isolated incident and it feels like we are the topic of talks over tea and biscuits to the exctend that KUli got so used to it that she thought she could get away with saying what she did. But God be with us as South Africans

Jamo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hi, I am not from RSA, I’m from UK so I apologise if I miss the point due to cultural difference etc…however I am of mixed Jamaican & Welsh heritage, I come accross the story by chance then found this page as I was lookin 2 read what Kuli said for myself. Actually, if U read it she gives the plus side things (some of which IS a bit stereotypical) in the first person then ‘her friend’ lists the negative points, BUT – in the conclusion at the end Kuli explains why those so called negative points are not necessarily so. She also says “shouting is sometimes necessary…especially when you speak to folk like Jimmy Manyi…” What he said was definitely racist! I think that Kuli has been a bit harshly treated! I certainly don’t think she’s a racist, just she is confident & honest enough to speak what she has observed. In fact I have a feeling she is actually pointing out the attitudes of Black/African towards ‘coloureds’?

A black man who married a coulored says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am actually pleased that Kuli’s article revealed the mindset of many black South Africans vis a vis the coloured group/tribe (Again note that coloured people are multi racial and multi cultural hence the use of the word group). With regards to Miss Kuli, she is hopefully trying to exorcise her “demons” and self hatred and with that, the perpetrator or “sick/patient” tend generally to belittle another group.

Besides questionable skills for a “journalist/columnist”, her prejudice has naturally clouded her common sense which again exposed how challenged she is. Anyway, I guess individual like her will survive as long as the misuse of Affirmative Action and incompetency exist. By the way! it won’t be a surprised if her looks and wig/extension got her the job or probably some bedroom “kindness” was also required.

In all candour, that article was ludicrous to the point of becoming quite entertaining, what an unbelievable piece of work”. Clearly the media or rather some news outlets in South Africa are still pretty “basic” and folkloric. Naturally, she won’t get fired, her editor will get more accolade for “generating a debate”; so what about their contribution to the mis-education of the already uneducated?

I do hope that each group will strive to know the other better because in South Africa most of the socio economic challenges have an impact across the board (race and gender) so in actual fact Kuli is just describing what she sees in her own backyard whilst hoping that it is another group/individual’s reality. Unfortunately, you are all in the same boat.

With regard to the looks, clearly we/black/bantu need to accept and be proud of how bless we are as black people, having a wealthy continent full of natural resources, great history, one of the most resilient skin full of melamine, should I also mentioned the curves, eishh!!! (I need to stop I am married); let us take stock of all of that to love ourselves. It is true that I married a very attractive coloured lady who blessed me with two beautiful African American (Back) kids but my marriage is the result of her love for me when I did not have much to show for and many black sisters were reluctant to take that step with me which was in part due to my philandering ways. For full disclosure, let me also admit that beside my wife’s great personality, her looks were also quite enticing.

I then wish to conclude by saying that I understand Kuli’s cry and frustration; does she think that coloured women are too much of a competition, have they “stolen” her man/men? is it too hard to compete with them? BLAME IT ON THE BROTHER as they are too keen to “dilute” the complexion or reduce the concentration of melamine, we need to learn to appreciate a good sister; clearly a lot of us are “twisted”.

Now, I know that as a black lady it was not easy growing up in Cape Town (my wife is from CPT and to date still very proud of it) and I know that many of them/coloured are not very “Bantu” friendly and trust me I have my share of experiences, but again “two wrongs do not make it right”. It is then important for Kuli to set herself free, she will need to focus less on coloured women and work further on her craft/skills and whilst using her platform to educate and not reinforce prejudicism.

By the way! I would love to see Kuli with her natural hair next time because no matter how long her extensions are YOU WILL NEVER BE A MULATO/MULTIRACIAL/COLOURED, but guess what!! I personally will still find you attractive and hopefully when I am next in Jozi/South Africa we could do our “black on black crime” without having to struggle with the tracks of the glued extension. Eishhh!!! I need to stop I am married.

Hopefully I scored a couple of points with my wife and ….. will be lucky tonight…….now you get the purpose of this article right ….. behind an angry black man there is always a manipulative …….Coloured woman.

Samuel Love Jackson

Kayode says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I agree with Jamo’s points. The treatment she’s getting is too much. I guess years Os oppressed rule have made southies very sensitive bout colour issues and I understand. This article wouldn’t have drawn a second look had it been published in the USA.

kerrylee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm



Chingo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a coloured women, straight out of the pits of the flats, BUT have all my teeth and have done very well for myself even though I TOO was oppressed. I hate those damn ads stereotyping ALL coloureds with speaking with flat ascents, no teeth, gangster type, drug addicts and thieves! Look around you people… I say we extracted the BEST of both worlds ( Black & White)- we have tanned skin ALL year round, lovely hair and great bodies! Thank you German Pa and Black Mamma.. Yet, we are always on the fence.. NEVER white enough, NOR black enough, yet these two worlds created us, but NEITHER have taken any responsibility for us..

Blondie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think Kuli said what most people say behind closed doors. I don’t think she is jealous of coloured people, why should she be? I have a list of things I could say also about coloured people but I will be labelled racist. Here is a fact: Coloured people are the most confused race in S.A. When there are BEE benefits they are African and when they want to suck up to their white boss then they are White.

Melanie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hoshja, its coloured women like you who bring the rest of our nation down, instead of standing up for our integrity as woman, you go ahead and push us down, you are but one “coloured” woman expressing your opinion, so stop being small minded and let the rest of us express our opinion, Kuli expressed hers and there are many black, white and coloured woman who think that she was highly offensive, she needs to know that this country faught long and hard to get rid of ignorant thinking like hers expressed in that distasteful column, I say again, you have your way of thinking and the rest of us have ours!

Malik says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It’s so unfair that the public only takes note now and actually react about Kuli’s disrespectful comments. Look, Kuli has been doing this for ages, insulting BLACK Men like it’s going out of fashion. She’s very disrespectful and always trying to talk bad about blacks. So Ja, what she said about coulored girls was wrong but let’s also remember she always says that about us BLACK brothers.

Lee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I have read Kuli’s article and I personally do not see anything wrong with maybe it is bady writting but Kuli is just stating facts that are apparent and many are scared to mention but there are two sides to this story as well, were she explains that no all coloured people behaves in this manner and just becasue one person does this it doesnt mean all of the coloured community do it. We are a diverse country with different cultural backgrounds and truth be told that every culture in this country has been mocked in one way or the other but that doesnt mean we should feel like victimized by what other people think us, we all individuals at the end of the day and like I said just because one person does something doesnt mean that we all fall into the same pool…it all goes back to in what content was the article written in and what was the objective of the article and I truelly dont believe this article was meant to point fingers at anyone and make them feel bad but she was just speaking her mind in what she has observed and came across in her life…..

We are all sons and daughters of the universe, cultural difference shouldnt be of importance, what matters is our attitude towards life.

KaLo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I was going to be upset. I really was. But then the education my people fought so hard for me to get kicked in. The piece was written as a satire, meant to be funny, whatever. We get it. She’s doing what everyone seems to be doing…making fun of the race issue so that it seems we all got over it. Guess what Kuli – we didn’t.
That the piece was extraodinarily badly written is another given. Using a “friend”?Really? I’d have thought that an educated person with a degree in Journalism would write at a level higher than grade 8.
The point is that Kuli obviously felt she identified with colored women and wanted to say so. She didn’t do it very well, but she wanted to show that she understood coloreds. She should, she’s making little coloreds left, right and center.
In conclusion I’d like to thank Kuli for evoking this level of feeling in colored folk. We rarely get involved in this kind of debate. We rarely stand up for what we want or believe.
BTW, Kuli, her “friend” and all other “generalists” out there: Unless there is actually scientific evidence published in a medical/scientific/whatever journal about how many colored people drink/pull their front teeth/wear curlers in public/etc in relation with other groups/nationalities/race groups, you really shouldn’t comment on it. That’s just stupid. After scrolling through the 111 comments left by non- coloreds and coloreds alike, there’s an awful lot of stupidity out there.
SIGNED: A -proud- educated -woman- of -color- with -all- her- own -teeth

Coloured Sister says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

And Blondie when there’s a promotion you are either on your back on your boss’ desk or on your knees in front of him! You just as distastful as Kuli. Why not keep your racist comments to yourself!

Educated, Pajama Wearing, Roller Kop Coloured Woman!!! says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Dearest Kuli

As a coloured woman from the Cape Flats, I feel that your article was extremely ignorant and unprofessionally written, yet at the same time it seems to depict not only your views/perceptions of coloured woman, but the views of many black woman in South Africa towards us. The fact that Black men are attracted to us, must be that they actually want woman that stand up for themselves and woman that will not allow them to get away with treating us like second grade citizens. And YES! we shout, we have a voice, so why not use it….atleast our shouting is limited to loved ones and friends when they upset us…and not while having a conversation to the stranger sitting next to us in the train, taxi or bus.

Kuli you need to read more, pray more and live more. Get out of that box you live in where you and “your (fictional) friend” have nothing better to do than discuss the beauties of us coloured woman. Honestly..if I was Black / white…i would want to be coloured too. We are the friendliest, happiest and most outspoken, non-shit taking people you will ever come across. And we walk with our (pajamas on and our) heads held high. We have many personalities and all of them are full of KAK!!!

JDP says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Not only should Kuli be under the firing squad but the publisher and editor who has authorised this to be put into the newspaper. Wonder what the editors is saying for himself!

Vuks says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ey, Nomakula!!

Black & Proud says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am so dissappointed at this article as a proud black Cape Townian. It just shows you how small minded and unlearned this woman is. In no uncertain terms does this lady represent black people in her poor writting. I think she is not worth the airtime she’s getting, and I really wonder if this is not a reflection of her own environment wherever she comes from. Some of us know coloured women with class and we also know black women who have none. But with all that they are still people who deserve our love and understanding. I am actually diisgusted that the newspaper printed crap like this, sounds like tabloid material to me. Kuli is just desperate for attention and she must just go and get educated, learned and exposed. Apologies to the beautiful women of the Cape who gave birth to great leaders in our multi racial society. Kuli, go bleach yoself if you want to be coloured and get over yo unresolved issues. Nxa…

Mpendulo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

@ Mark Jackson. In your effort to hurt Kuli Roberts, you have succeded in offending other black women who were ready to Strangle Kuli and stand by your sex crazed, drunk, swearing toothless (albeit) straight haired women. A blessing to have straight hair you say? When it suits you for BEE deals, you are as black as night and dont lie, you know one or two African languages dont you. Is it becuase you want to be like us (straight hair rule apply).

Your name is so typical of somebody standing at the fence.

Our black women are beautiful and they have every right to choose whatever hair style they want. And, here is something, not all coloured women’s hair is straight. You have insulted your own too.

PapaJack says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I don’t think she meant it to be derogatory – she was saying nice things actually. So she generalized a bit (ok a lot) but it was her perception of the people she saw.

She made some waves by saying some crazy stuff – but that’s how you have to be in journalism, else you fade into being unknown.

There’s lots of crazy stuff to be said about ALL culture groups, and since we know it’s just a generalization, it shouldn’t be taken so seriously. Comedians do it all the time – we pay to hear ourselves being ripped off and then we laugh!

Motso says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I really dont understand what the fuss is abt.. I found the column funny reading.. Always remember rule # 6 – Dont take youself as damn serious.. Let’s just learn to laugh @ ourselves and move on..

Hating on the Malema Look-a-Like says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli Kuli,what have you done? It’s not wise to cross a coloured woman,they tend to get violent…wait…you know that to well I suppose.
It hurts that in our day and age educated people like yourself have nothing to say but racist remarks,I get that you didn’t intend it any other way,but you just don’t say such things out loud,just as we coloured folk don’t say all the bad things of your people out loud, the reason: it’s rude and in our hard fought democracy you just don’t cross that line.

oh and one thing that you got wrong-coloured women and coloureds in general won’t throw plates,they will brake those plates to get a sharp end to stab your ass with it…I love being coloured,the culture of being coloured,out traditions,our customs and most of all,OUR PEOPLE!!!!

we as a coloured nation don’t benefit at all from this goverment,because in the past we weren’t white enough,and now with the ANC government we not black enough…but do we care?do we like most of our fellow citizens burn schools and other buildings because we unhappy about something?NO we don’t!!!!
we accept and move on,we find our way and we work with what we have and what we get.
the ANC government is how long in charge? almost 2 decades,and what race still lives in shacks/townships?….u turning into a Malema Kuli,and that is not ayoba!!!!

did i mention I’m proud to be coloured?did I say that I’m happy to be coloured?and did I say I don’t care what ignorant people say about me and my race?

well Kuli,I hope things work out for you dear,because to cross coloureds is just wrong man,you’ll lose a lot,like a column,etc 😉

I love this country and all its people,being coloured means so much to me,even if we know what tik is,even if our women wears pj’s and curlers till late afternoon,and acts violent when confronted…who cares,WE LOVE THEM JUST THE WAY THEY ARE!!!!!!!!

Ek het dit, gebore met dit! says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

skud julle hare coloured het nie gekry nie.almal moet mos deesdae gemaakte hare dra..waaroor ganit dan nou?wat van die zulus wat heeldag met lappies om hulle koekies rondloop… tenminste is pajamas nog meer van ‘n covering..

white coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

since when do coloured people take black opinion serious?this really goes untouched..shame try a bit harder next time, o no it still won’t get to me.
you tooooooooooooooooooooooo black..

Mixed Race but Black says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well this article is causing a completely unnecessary stir in my opinion. Everybody seems to miss the underlying social issue in this regard. Let me first say I am also a mixed race individual (but I denounce the term coloured as most mixed race people in the world other than South Africa do). I moved back to South Africa many years ago and was shocked at the clear divide and the apparent existence of a coloured identity which exists no where else in the world. This in itself was one of the evilest creation of Apartheid, making coloured people believe they are a race of their own and are “better” than black people. Everywhere else in the world “coloureds” are black (albeit referred to as either light skin or black skin). If we had the same take on this whole damn situation we would alleviate the need for nonsensical categorizations. Coloureds in South Africa are racist to blacks and refuse to be called black (a fact I was nearly shot over) same way blacks are also racist to coloureds. It amuses me to see in reality. If Mariah Carey is black and calls herself black than what makes South African mixed race individuals any different. Drop the labels on both sides and accept that you all come from the same common ancestors. South Africans must be ashamed as a collective on the way things are viewed. ALL are races are racist against one another with very few expectations.

Carolus says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am a white women married to a wonderful colored man, with 3 beautiful children. Please stop bringing up racism all the time. Because one type of person brings up points she doesnt like about someone who is of another colour does not mean she is racist. I dont completely agree with what was posted by Kuli, but do see that she meant it as a joke. Now tell me if a Colored women had posted that would people have got so upset? If a African women wrote it about another African women, no one would have said a thing. Dont take offence in somethinig so feeble. If you know you better then good for you. She wasnt referring to all colored only those of certain areas, which is unfortuantely true. Like in every race, White, African, Colored you get your dodgy folk. In the end we are all the same..

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Melanie, thats right i do have my own opinion and will stand by the fact that the article is hilarious… The fact that people are taking offence to it worries me as a coloured woman because then in some way we are letting ourselves be undermined, thought of in a negative light and just plain ignorant.. I mean everyone is complaining about the article not reflecting the true nature of coloureds, which i agree it doesnt but you know what Melanie it holds some merit in certain areas of the cape and other cities as well…. Just yesterday, i saw a coloured women and her daughter with rollers in their hair buying snoek and i was reminded that there are some people like that in the world.. So i wouldnt call myself small minded, rather an intelligent individual who has the ability to look past silly comments and laugh at the generalisation of our “kind” or “race”…. us coloured love hard and we hate hard, its the way we are.. All I am saying is that a columnist whether black or not, didnt deserve to lose her job to a joke that was made…

Us coloureds are just too sensitive sometimes..

Ma se Hond says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Kuli

Ek dink djy was getik toe djy die aticle geskryf it ne. Well, das net een ding om te se.

“Jou ma se hele wiek se wages”

wtf says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

ai ai ai… why does she have a column in the first place? she’s a bad writer and does not deserve the title.

SAn says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I read this yesterday with all the comments and today again with the additional comments. I’m a South African black woman and I don’t consider myself racist. I don’t want to do the ‘I’m not racist, some of my best friends are coloured’ speech. But I have to. Even more than that I have coloured family and loads of coloured friends (and other races and friends from other nationalities). I found Kuli’s column hilarious, because even with all my allegiances to coloured people and people from other ‘races’ I too have certain stereotypes about people. I think if you were born and raised in SA, no matter how educated, not matter how liberal you too have stereotypes about every race. I speak about them with other people from other races (‘behind closed doors’) and I sometimes joke openly about them to the very people they are about.

I was never oppressed (well not like my parents and their parents before them were) and was never raised to think of people in a certain way. My parents would make certain statements about people from other races but to be quiet honest I don’t remember what they were but I remember they only made those statements when they were angry. I picked up these stereotypes from other people as I was growing up.

Stereotypes, well at least in my opinion, are forgotten when you meet someone for the first time. Most of the time, you only associate the person to the stereotype when the person hurts you (even if their actions are just typical human behaviour).

We should not equate stereotypes with racism. There is a huge difference. We should all stop labelling everything as racism. What those varisty boys did to those poor workers in the Free State, that is racism.

What we should do is admit that we stereotype other people and that people stereotype us (which is also not pleasant). We should determine what the reasons are for this. We should take stock of all the people we know and check how many of them can be associated with these stereotypes (this is where it is tricky, because it requires us to be honest with ourselves). We’ll find that only a small percentage actually fit in with these stereotypes. Laugh at it and move on. They are all just circumstantial anyway. What we should do is to ensure that we do not perpetuate these any further (in case this turns into racism). Don’t pass a coloured lady in the streets while with your kids and say ‘Eish but coloured ladies smoke a lot’ because rest assured someone is passing you in the streets and saying ‘Eish but black people like fancy expensive cars’.

We are all one race afterall. We might be different, but it’s our differences that make us special. Since not speaking about it publicly only forces us to say it behind closed doors (pretending like it doesn’t exist makes it worse also). This way it’s out in the open, addressed and everyone can move on. Bottom line we all do it (whether we admit it or not) some secretly but in Kuli’s case openly. In a way it’s good that she did that. Her kids will one day ask her what she meant (when they realise that they too are considered coloured) and she’ll be forced to explain.

Her only fault is that she wrote it so badly. I think she played the angel and the devil (the devil being her anonymous friend) parts well. She admitted she stereotypes people, but she also tries (very badly) to challenge that. Should she get fired, I don’t think so, I do think however that maybe writing is not one of her strongest attributes.

Hoshja says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Mixed race……. Fantastic comments, absolutely 100% agree with you….

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Very dissapointed to read some of your comments guys, some of you are doing exactly what Kuli did, some even worse. whats wrong with you? why the name calling? what ever happened to two wrongs don’t make a right? are you now going to justify your comments by saying
‘she started it”. as a nation we have come this far to let little things like this to trun us agaist each other. we have lived and survived together for years. Kuli shi is but just one lady with her own thoughts, who was put in a wrong platform to voice her thoughts to the nation. thats how we should see this, she does not represent the entire black or white community at large with her remarks about coloured people. therefore i don’t see the need for us to start fighting and exchange insults because of her. I agree she needs help period.

i very sure wherever you are, maybe as a coloured or black brother or sister you know yourselfs and as you read her article you can tell that she is not talking about you, so i dont understand why fight or insult other earthnic groups. this kind of articles should not take us back to where we from, we worked so hard to build the south africe we live in today. therefore there is no room for going back. we need to stand together and fight for what is writte. i say again “two wrongs dont make a right”. so of your comments above makes makes you go down to her no diferent from her..

so i say we need to grow and think before we talk, black, coloured, white or pink it dont matter.

love you all….it dont matter what colour you are

God bless us all

Jozigirl says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Blondie:

It’s true. A lot of what she said is what people say behind closed doors. And a lot of Coloured people find it funny and joke about the same things. As a Coloured woman from Johannesburg I can admit to that. I’ve done it to. But do NOT generalise about the state of coloured identity and the confusion, you believe is inherent that identity. Not every Coloured bats for the Black team for a BEE post or for the white team when they want to suck to their white boss.

To Mixed Race but Black: As a Coloured woman I do refuse to call myself black. But that does not mean that I am not entitled to the identity of Coloured. Much in the same way that you refuse to call yourself Coloured and you are entitled to that identity. Yes, it was categorisation. But that does not mean that the identity lacks validity. What I find funny about the Coloured/black thing is that the minute you identify with ‘black’ it negates the fact that many Coloured can trace their roots to freed Malay Slaves and Khoi, San, Griqua as opposed to some literally black and white idea that Coloured people are REQUIRED to have a black African grandmother and a white slave owning grandfather. That is naive and historically inaccurate.

If Mariah Carey calls herself black then that is her choice. But don’t tell me that I can not tell myself Coloured. You don’t have that authority and historically, socially, culturally the term ‘Coloured’ has become an identity racially and culturally. And a valid one at that.

Marlin says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli….your children must me so proud of you.
Blondie…..why is it that every time a coloured does anything good then he is black. (Brian Habana, Steven Pienaar)
Another question, why do a lot of blacks like Kuli and Tokyo Sekwale use their blackness to get to a position of prominence and the minute they do they go and get married to a white person?????????????????
As for Coloureds being confused, you’ve obviously not been around that many coloureds have you? Sounds to me like you’re got your terminology wrong, misunderstood not confussed.
Before I leave I would like to know why it is that a black person can refer to coloureds as bushmen and it’s accepted, the minute anyone refers to a black as a kaffir then all hell breaks loose????????.
Lets get this straight I am not a bushman, I’m a coloured, a Briun O and dammn proud of that…. as for my coloured sisters, I am so proud of you’ll, you’ll are goddesses.


PS…Noma my colleague thinks you rock, she’s white.

Ruby says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

On any other day, it would have been accepted that Kuli had lost her journalistic

mojo and had instead lifted these stereotypes from the many ” You know you

Coloured” emails going around. But coupled with the comments, actions and

processes initiated by Jimmy Manyi, these remarks speaks volumes of what

affluent blacks really think of Coloureds.

I make no apology for calling myself Coloured, and have no problem with

Coloureds/ ppl of mixed race who identify more with being white or black.

Its your choice and if either group accepts u without any prejudice then voila! lets break out the champagne!!! But reality is different and being part of a group does offer some form of protection and power.

On a lighter note…. Kuli, jy het mos kinnes van ‘n wit man – hulle is Coloured – speel ‘n bietjie met hulle hare… is oek mos sag genoeg.. en hulle is seke oek geel genoeg vi jou…

Ajay says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This article is hilarious, i love her humour…as an educated coloured female i am everything that Kuli describes and so much more.

People need to stop taking everything so seriously and be proud to be exactly who you are.

Hoe lyk it ma se kinners?!

Vickey Benoliel says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well am a coloured and very proud to be one am 34 and have 1 child, I dont do drugs and have never tasted tik dont smoke and do certainly have a whiskey and yes i do have my black label proudly so , but i dont break plates dont swear and all the thinks you say we COLOURED PEOPLE do Kuli.
If you really wanna start with the race issue , then we start talking about all the black chicks who have kids for government grants we can carry on with lists and lists.but we wont.

Jaylo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

@Blondie – you most certainly are blonde girlfriend. Ek mean, stupidity breaches all race groups. Julle girls van ander races moet nou peace maak – os coloured kinners “het dit” and by the way it is really our privilege to choose and decide which part of the topdeck we are, we are blended you know. Make peace with it girls please, os kannie help as os fokken mooi, original en colourful issie. Ha-a nie man, jealousy really makes you naste ne!

Lee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Mixed race but Black and Hoshja I totally agree….Welll said!!!!!

Mr Boss says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

O please Kuli, you married that man to produce coloured kids. You are the one that is reproducing coloured ppl jou dom n…i Anyway jy is vals en ons ken van jou!

Why do black ppl have a problem cos coloured is taking offence. Let Randal from Idols now just say crap about black ppl dan staan die hele Moria, Natal up and arms vir die coloured mense. Then you’ll wanna kill the farmer kill the boer and somer coloureds also.


Lala says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To Ma se Hond: Absolutely perfectly stated!!! To Mixed Race: This IS South Africa and Apartheid DID happen….and racism is everywhere on all continents…

Carolus says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Coloreds are the most original brutally honest people i have seen, have you ever seen a white person or even african leave the house without teeth in their mouth or their hair rolled in???
I am white, take my hat off too you all because you got the guts now take the glory..
We are what we are. Stop this hating and start working together all of us. What happened in the past should stay their. My husband a colored man grew up in apartheid era, and is better educated than me. My boss a colored lady, absolutley fantastic women, the same age as me. And look at her position. She worked dam hard for it!!

Thando N says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

@Mr Boss: That was hilarious! Hahaha!!

Guys we just need to calm ourselves down…seriously. Everyone’s having a hernia about this situation. Yes, Kuli has been dismissed and thats that. I will say this though, this outcry proves that people are still very racially sensitive especially black and coloured people. Kuli did go a lttile far with her comment and some other people like Blondie have tried to add fuel to the fire. I for one, as a young black woman, do not identify with these women at all. I do not agree with the way they handle things, but I also think that the responses have been over-the-top and highly emotional.

Everybody gather together order some Nando’s, blow a vuvuzela and make the circle bigger!


Lilly says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli Roberts ….you are one sick woman who needs to be re-evealuated, we colords are the stance on which you built your freedom, we faught just as hard as you did in the struggle, but yet you fail to see that aspect, stereotyping us wont take us back in time to the point in which you would be able to erase what our colord forfathers have done…..I have to much dignity and respect for myself to even wanna spill all the things i could say about your race to stereotype you ……i sincerly hope that your corpse rots in hell and that the devil has his way with you cos for an educated individual you are real IDIOT and i cant help wondering how you got your degree!!!!!!

and for your information, we colords may have some of these qualities, but what i cant seem to fathom is the fact that the minute something is said by a Black individual concerning racial habiits and traits of colourds indians and whites it is brushed aside, exibit A being Julius Malema and his racial shit, but the minute the tables are turned Black individuals are given the freedom to saay and do as they please basing all their justifications on the fact that they were previously disadvantaged……but hello you were not all previously disadvantaged your grandparents and and their forfathers were so why are you as a Black Community still using that line come on now you claim to be apart of the RAINBOW NATION but then you go and do and ssay things that clearly states otherwize………screw you, screw your view point and Screw your mentality cos you truly an ignorant F!@k

Duimpies my ma se kin says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Awe my ma se kinnes,
why is u al so upset with dis stupid girl plus she look k*k.
Tthat is probably the response that people like her expect from every single coloured person living in CT. But what she forgot to mention was that coloured people don’t take crap like this seriously. We are too busy either working or taking care of our zillions of kids, cause as she rightly says, we have nothing against boning each other’s brains out as often as possible.
We coloureds dont take note of this kind of crap, put your hands on us then you’ll see how good we can fight.
The thing is, we are too busy taking care of our families to be attending mass rallies and riots and toi toi’s and spreading the streets with rubbish, and attacking innocent immigrants trying to make a living because we are to lazy to get off our a*sses to seize the opportunities that they have from under our noses. You don’t see coloured people killing and chasing around these shop owners from Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa. Our brothers from other mothers or as we coloureds like to call each other, “My MA SE KIND”.
Its esier for other races to attend these kind of things cause a guy gets to marry five or six women, or whatever amount of wives he choses. That makes a lot of mother in laws that can take care of the kids while mamma and tatta are out protesting and reaking havoc on the country’s economy, and who must take action to fix things, the coloured Minister’s of Finance. At least we know what to do with the rest of the budget once we have exhausted what we could on tik and alcohol. Seems to me like the writer knows more about the substances of abuse than what she pretends to.
I implore you, Kuli and any other who wishes to take this silly route, of trying to upset coloureds with your idiotic banter, to rather try and uplift the ignorant people in rural communities that kidnap and rape innocent children. Nuff said, now F-off!!

Koki says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I honestly think everybody is taking the whole thing too serious. Kuli’s is always “dissing” at everyone. Why is it an issue this time? Firing her is also going overboard. Are we going to fire everyone who writes what we don’t like? If we look at the article closely…for every negative(stereotype) she uses, there’s always a positive that she states. Lets face facts, what she wrote is the perception of most people about “capetownian”-cape flats coloureds. If one has not been to cape town, this is what they imagine concerning coloured people because media portrays it that way. This was merely a humorous article and some us took it very seriuosly. I do not think it would have had the same reaction had a coloured person wrote the article.

Mr Boss says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

O please Thando – go out and sing Kill the boer Kill the farmer then lets see how fast the whitties will run the the equality / racial / human rights courts and if they dont get there way then the High court it is.

Anyway way who is Kuli Roberts – she only married a rich white man and she is making the kullid circle bigger NOT the kullids. Allan Boesak sent her on a mission.

She must leave the racial jokes to the Comedians they can get away with it not her.

So she aught to behave her sorry Fired ASS!!

:-) smily face back at ya!

Athanasius Kruger says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The Jamaican guy from the UK would you accept it if a white guy accused your mother of paying your dog top sleep with her and loving a penis,”breedind” like a cockroach and being violent and abusive? Have you ever seen a coloured women walking around in her night gown ,slippers and rollers in a shopping Mall in South Africa. Do you understand our culture to comment.Do you even know what a South African coloured is??

Wolf says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli did not fight in the struggle. In fact the minute it was over she went & found the nearest white man to sleep with her. I have always found her article fractious,crude & terribly crass. I hope this faux pas keeps her out of our faces forever. She is not even a journo & she is loud & unbearable in real life.

Thando N says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Touche, Mr Boss, but we have to look at it in context. When Julius sang that garbage song, he was not making fun. Just like how Jimmy Manyi’s statements are not taken lightly simply because they were not intended to be funny. And I think he is a blerrie a** for saying what he said. Kuli is different because she was kidding and playing on existing stereotypes that have been mentioned time and again.

I have friends of different races, my family is one big and beautiful rainbow nation- only race missing is Chinese (I’m on it!)…kidding, so I have no racial prejudices whatsoever.

Also, just like not all coloured ladies walk around toothless, in they’re pjs and with rollers in their hair. So it isn’t with all black women walking around in a nightie with a towel around their waist, a doek on their head, shouting across the street while sweeping the red stoep all day. Its a strereotype that I laugh at because to some extent it is true, but do not take personally because I am not that person.

kevs says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

If i can thank Khuli today i would. As a proud coloured, i think that the insert has put fire under our feet. ek se kleurlinge lets rather work on changing the negative perceptions of other races on us.

Stack says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

WooooHoooo Savage you get to 200 comments and 400 likes and I buy you a special bottle of MyCityByNight Whiskey bro!
Controversy is going to get you pissed my friend, and it will be my pleasure!
We will be Savage By Night
Good Times!

Ntha says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I mean really now,Kuli has made comments before about Vhenda`s. Zulu`s, Tswana`s, you name them, and has anyone felt violated or insulted? Why only now everything is taken personally? Give Kuli a break ,unless what she mentioned is totally true….

dumsta says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

yoh khuli hai no… she knew she was pushing it even as she wrote it

Tandi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

WHO? In their Right Mind! Take Khuli Roberts seriously?

Honestly I think the riot around this article just serves as a publicity stunt for Roberts

@Kev – I like the way you think…

ColouredGuy07 says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I don’t think she was being racist. I mean she was just highlighting some of the stereotypes that are out there. The only thing that’s objectionable is the Allan Boesak statement. But, overall, she’s making us laugh about what some of the people think of us. It is up to us to disprove them, make a great nation of ourselves.

Ash says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Today the Jammie driver did not stop at Upper campus where it should have. It would have taken me to Liesbeek and I don’t even know where that is. Huh?????

Justwatching says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well I think she deserves to be fired. Why does people think that colored people only comes from CT and has no front teeth. Let me tell you, I am from Eldo’s with all my teeth intact. I never leave the house without washing and putting on clean clothes. Us coloreds are the most beautiful rave in that country, that is why blacks, whites and Indians want our women. All you assholes have to do is live with it. Kuli, I’m glad you are fired you stupid corse-haired biggot

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Hello fellow citizen. I made a point of having a media blackout. My love 4 our country is immense and without prejudice. I got home yesterday and was totally disgusted with your attempt at… I don’t know what! I spit on u which has nothing to do with race. I mean i would serioulsy eff u up!

vukisto says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Freedom of speech,I dont see anything wrong with this article don’t be defensive.You coloured guys use this article as a racial issue. You attack everyone now as long as you BLACK you in trouble.

stiebo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Blacks can be very stereotype. i am a coloured from n.cape but in mpumalanga i am a coloured male always having a knife in my pocket(just a stereotype). Luckily 4 me I am do not prescribe to any of the negative stereotype about coloureds. But it always hurt when blacks are enforcing the stereotype on you and swear at you in Afrikaans as a ‘joke’. What I can say is that we should just ignore them as they are just ignorant and like to suggest that they perceive they world as perfect.

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Come on South Africa – wind your necks in – it is not like she is delivering serious news – have a laugh, or not…. but let us not take ourselves too seriously. I’d like to know from those who have taken offence if they have any racial stereotypes in their heads… bet they do – bet everyone does! As for the coloureds – lekker people – just like the rst of our nation.

Lucille says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli I think was attempting humour but failed miserably and came across as ignorant and racist. Her comments are derogatory and if anything make her sound totally stupid. Everyone knows there are stereotypes in each race which with enough tact can actually be made really funny….she however was just plain offensive and went way too far…shame on you attention seeking Kuli!!!

Proudly Coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Personaly i feel Kuli took the joke way to far. I have an exceptionally wicked sense of humour when it comes to race, but the more i read the article, the less i enjoyed it. I am a 29 year old coloured woman, with no children. I graduated from CPUT in 2002. I have owned my own home since the age of 23 and my own car since the age of 25. What we coloured should remember is that Kuli and her editor who signed off on this article has no idea what our culture is about, I dont’ think they have an idea what the word culture means, maybe they should look it up in a dictionary. Generalising like that was done is bad taste, extremely bad taste. Also we should stop seeing each other as coloured, black, white or yellow, WHY you might ask am i making this statement because we all bleed the same…

Jacques says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Being born in a “mixed” family, my mother being coloured, and my father Sotho. Half of my couzins being coloured, my grandmother, the woman who raised me being coloured, myself considering myself as black South African.

It has always been a struggle to choose sides until I got to the point that all this stupidity if imprinted in my mind from the society I have been raised.

SO now I am human, the creation of God, trancending all the definition this world can give me, and above all, I love my family, all my relatives, no matter what this world might call them.

It is sad to see our leaders falling into the trap to reinforcing evil definition of human being, coloured, coloured by what? black because of your darkened skin?. We are all God creation, and He loves us all equally, to Him there’s no coloured or black or white.

We should be bold enough to re-define our identity, to stop focusing on our fraility and focus of the God-nature in us.

I love you all, no matter what you call yourself, toothless, dark skinned, curly or straight hair, green eyes, that does not matter, I know you are like me in the inside.

Paulette says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m coloured and very proud of it. Sure just like all the other races we too have our faults. Why attack one another,why not see how we can rather help each other. What does the future hold if we keep on attacking one another. Sure I am angry for the things that Kuli has stated,and sure I can also say many bad things about ou fellow South Africans, blacks,whites,indians etc. But i choose not to, Instead I pray for all and try to encourage everyone I come accross. Do not judge,for you will be judged. LEARN TO FORGIVE, and love and respect one another. If you don’t have anything nice to say,rather keep it to yourself. We can think what we want,but not say what we want. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Juggie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ya man, Kuli was on Tik when she wrote this and probably at the same time the dagga smoke befuddled her mind. Probably she ran short of ideas for her column. Enough excuses. Inexcusable, racist, below below the belt. How low can one go.
Its time South Africans stopped stereotyping Coloureds, Whites, Indians, Blacks and so on.

We are one, just the human race. Let us get on with nation building as we have a long way to go

Modise says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli sometimes back she wrote bad things about men and always Kuli writes about everything and say it as is.I found her dissmisasl amazing cause she wrote about coloureds and it means that what the media is fighting for (freedom of speech) it is just a lie they really not into that,the media will fire everyone who will make negative comments about whites and coloureds esspecially if you are black you will be fired

muzi101 says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Why the hell are people so worked up by what kuli said.
im coloured and what she said isnt a lei, shes not the first person to say it. When Trevor Noah jokes about coloureds, everyone laughs why now?
let Kuli Continue with her articles.

Wagzy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

South Africans lighten up. Really now. I think the article was somewhat silly, I would not go as far as saying “racist”. Some of the things she mentioned are true, but they don’t apply to all coloureds. Indeed they are just generalisations. If you know you don’t have any of the negative characterstics she highlighted in the article, why the whooo haaaa? Who cares what Kuli thinks about coloureds anyway? She has something to say about every ethnic groups in the country… including black people… I’m not sure how her being married (no longer married) to a white man has any relevance to the matter at hand… The greater South Afican population clearly has no sense of humour… Racist? hahah, please…

Galen says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Playing on stereotypes can be a very positive thing in our country (consider Trevor Noah), but needs to be handled very carefully and tastefully in the media. Kuli failed royally here showing both her and her freind to be daft and ignorant. I can see why coloured readers would be upset, which is also the reason why the editor is taking such drastic measures (i.e. to not lose their coloured audience).

*Tsk Tsk*

Babs says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think we are racially sensitive, Kuli disses everyone, but no one has ever complained, now that she touches on race, it causes havoc. She haas talked about her own race, I guess that’s safer. I believe we should be sensitive then when it comes to matters of race while addressing it at the same time. We have a history of racism. It is said coloureds/indians feel superior to blacks, especially in cape town. I’ve never lived there, so I guess the capetonians would know. I once lived in durban and I know a majority of Indians feel superior to blacks, I guess its because they live in porsch suburbs and are richer than blacks. Again historically blacks were at the bottom of the reacial hierarchy, this maybe the root cause of the problem. And then we have the majority of whites who feel they are superior to all the races. This is our history and we must confront it, we didn’t become equal in 1994, look around you, the living conditions in which most blacks live. Its a creation of apartheid, and the present government’s greed. We must confront our racial issues fearlessly.

Pule says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Stop fighting the colourd people. Where there is wounds it need to be healed, not split open further by making the sword that pierced the victom instead of the human flesh that was pierced.

Pray for our coloured brethren and especialy the one mostly in fault Kuli.
May God grant us all peace in this beautifull land.

Eyalroy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

What most of u don’t realise is that Kuli actually loves Kallits & probably wishes she were one. Making jokes abt your own community is acceptable, & maybe for some reason she thinks she is an honourary Coloured. Also, she was trying to be funny & witty, 2 things she’ll neva eva be, shame. So let’s just effin move on..

Wesley says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a coloured male who did not take offence to her “article” at all. If we want to be anal about this, then you’d have to review every single line of hers and apply context to everything and THEN decide if it was a racist article or not.

Take the emotion out of it (because coloureds are probably of the most racist people in the country if the truth be told) and you may find that:

a) Kuli was in actual fact stating her appreciation for coloured people (ladies in particular);
b) Kuli’s “friend” (whether this is true or not is only known to Kuli and her friend) appears to be coloured and SHE is the one that is saying “hurtful” things about her own “race”;
c) Kuli defends coloureds after stating her “friends” points of view;
d) Kuli specifically mentions (and frankly, disses) Jimmy Manyi in this article – is it just me or is that “black on black” hatred that nobody seems to be bothered about???

People need to stop being so sensitive. I haven’t read any of her other articles etc so I can’t say whether this is a general trend for Kuli, but what I will say is that I’m surprised she’s even being referred to as a journalist and that she’s even published – my sister would write circles around Kuli…I’m shocked that this type of thing gets published. Re-employ the woman, she did less harm than good with this “article”.

Johnny says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Why should she get fired for freedom of speech its her opinion and such negative and positive stereotypes are abundant we are always skeptical about the different each race has faults and anyways shez gonna have colored kids…lol

Kim Plaatjes says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

In all honesty.. if we look close enough..n open our eyes from the ignorance that covers our eyes… Black & Coloured people have alot in common hey….we both like parting hard….we both have a sterio type towards both races…coloureds walk around with what!!! y does black people scream at each other whilst siting next to each other…point is… we are both races proud to be what we r…. lol…

Theres one thing about coloured though….We love being natural and Black guys dig fauls faulse eye lashes no twanging… jst natuaraly us….

Have a Bleesed Day
Proudly Coloured

Vovo Neil says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

There nothing wrong with Kuli’s article…. who ever finds this racist then he/she is the one who is racist.. When i read this article racism never crosed my mind..
we all have the freedom to express our minds and feelings.

Or does truth hurt so much that when someone reviels we penic and call it racism??? are we running away from the truth that we wish it was never revieled..

Kuli continue with what youi’re doing girl.

Natz says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

To be a coloured its a culture and way of life that many do not understand. Unfortunatley t hey don’t take the time to get to know the full spectrum of people when you are narrow minded and can’t evolve and move a past a certain point in your life then its sad. we as coloureds should embrace what people say take it with a pinch of salt celebrate who we are. It is her false perception that is altered and strike’s at the very heart of our community yes “Black” guys do dig us so do many men why we have the best of both worlds.

Take care don’t take her or anyone else’s comments that much to heart.

Sham to the point says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli Roberts is pathetic. She needed a topic and figured y not diss coloureds. I think she’s jealous. We clearly have what she will never have hahahahahah

Coloured and proud says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

come on guys, this was k*k funny… you guys are blowing this whole thing way out of proportian. as a coloured woman who doesnt drink, doesnt fight or raise my voice and certainly doesnt wear rollers and my pjs to the mall, i laughed it off. yes she was generalising but really, you guys are over overing.

moonflower says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli totally deserves to be fired not because she voiced her opinions but for her poor writing.What incoherent nonsense.Her column should have been scrapped a very long time ago.As a mixed race person myself(coloured/indian) I’m all for having a laugh at popular stereotypes,my familys full of ’em,Kuli just bombed so badly.perhaps without meaning to,shes come out looking like an ignorant uncultured racist fool.We should all feel sorry that the standards for south african press is so low that she had a column in the first place.Also to Johnny, I know a lot of coloured people that would definately debate that her kids would come out coloured,racially maybe but not the culturally coloured(part or the community shes just lambasted.)

Manyanya Phiri says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Us South Africans will apparently always rank amongst the Continent’s most ignorant nations: maybe because we do not think of all of ourselves as Africans in the first place… thinking of ourselves as “whites”, “Malays” “Indian”, “A European piece lost in Africa”, “Coloureds” and all this rubbish you can imagine when every cell of our bodies is PURELY AFRICAN! As a result of our confusion and ignorance, we practice tribalism like it is going out of fashion but we are too quick to deny the fact. Same applies with our penchant for xenophobia against Africans who are non-South African. Also with racism emanating from both the white and black camps, by the way, particularly the black camp (since a black president is in power as of this writing). Our 1994 dispensation as ushered in by Mr Mandela is to blame for this ethnic fiasco for to this day, when everybody knows you are a South African born and bred here, you will as an employee still be slapped with stupid but official forms asking: “Are you African or are you white, Indian or Coloured?”. What nonsensical question is that? OF COURSE ALL OF US ARE AFRICAN!

I personally see nothing wrong with Nomakula Roberts’ article, and I think it is a shame on the part of the edtior to ditch her. He is spineless or at least he too should abandon the media house that apparently still bows to colonial stereotypes about us South Africans: a stereotype that says “IT IS RIGHT FOR WHITE ZAPIRO TO CARICATURE A PUBLIC FIGURE OF ZULU STOCK ZUMA WITHOUT SANCTION BUT IT IS WRONG FOR NOMAKULA ROBERTS TO POKE FUN AT HIS COUSIN ETHNIC GROUP—IT IS CALLED ‘UTANI’ AFRICAN CULTURE.—-JUST BECAUSE, ACCORDING TO COLONIAL RACISTS, HER ETHNIC COUSINS ARE THE NEXT BEST THINGS AFTER WHITE COLONISTS”. There is absolutely nothing wrong when you caricature (without insulting) an ethnic group like the Coloureds, the Zulus or Whites for that matter. Let us begin to see the funny side amongst every one of our ethnic groups while recognizing that we are all of us AFRICANS, whethrr Caucasian, Malay, Khoi, Zulu or any other things that the colonial master moulded us to be, just as long as we live on the African Continent.

But for people to start developing thin skins is a complete non-starter (unless of course they know that this could expose their possible tribalism against non-Coloureds in the Cape, in which case we actually need more Nomakula Roberts writing, rather than firing them from their jobs when they express the feeling of most South Africans less gifted with the pen and the computer technology)

reeza daman says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I never really knew who this crazy b*tch was until that article came out. It’s made me think that this were ultimate intention, to get herself a higher media profile and bring attention to her sorry self. I look at that article as the equivalent of the Paris Hilton/Kim Kardashian Sex Tapes. Nobody knew them before it, they will be forever be remembered by it.

Cheers Kuli Kardashian, you’ve succeeded, here’s hoping your children’s teeth don’t fall out…….

PS. Making racist remarks about your own black brothers and sisters, doesn’t give you permission to take on another race, just because your own race doesn’t mind.

Miss H says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Maybe she lacked a bit of comic timing this time around…. As we all know, Kuli is South Africa’s special daughter, who went out of hand once again…

Poz says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I honestly don’t see what got people so angry, Black people get stereotyped all the time and its fine because it’s that particular person’s opinion. You guy say that we lazy and don’t want to work which is your prerogative , why get so offensive when someone says a little joke about you? we know very well that some black people don’t want to work , so as colored , Indians and white people. You don’t see us getting all upset over that, we’ve been labeled as lazy, so what not all of us are lazy, not all colored are baby making machines we say in xhosa “isizwe sifa ngomntu omnye” translated as “one rotten potato spoils the whole bag” so get too upset, this is nothing. Try being managed by someone who has standard 8 with your degree and all just because you black and live in Cape town now that’s racism.

Carolus says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think majority is over reacting. Some of what she said is true, but it happens in all communities not only colored’s. Whites and African’s. Let it be now. Really not worth it, all this drama.

Nel says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Shame Kuli we really cannot help that you don’t have the best of both get a life and stop talking trash about the coloured people your kids will not appreciate the crap you are saying about their people…LOL moenie Jela vang tips jou madder I think the whole reason for this bitter hate a coloured attidute of yours is because of the Silky hair but this is how you can manage the silky hair so for starters stop blowing drying your hair with a comb and buy yourself a ceramic blow brush and a hair dryer with a flat nozzle get yourself some serum for very coarse dry hair and some cullers so you can roll them korrel for korrel then buy yourself a GHD and start ironing your hair a good shampoo and conditioner will help and make sure you wash your hair on a weekly basis because it helps with growth because one of these days you will have no hair line because of those cheap ugly weaves. Tjomma now you sorted but just remember it will not look so nice like a coloureds hair but it will be one step in the right direction seeing that you so babdly want to be a coloured. DON’T HATE ME CAUSE YOU AINT ME!

coloured and goodlooking says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i think this was a stupid article and we coloured people are educated we coloured girls cant help if we goodlooking hot and sexy unlike you, for a journalist you need to be educated or mb or bought your degree cause educated people dont wright the bull sh@t you wrote.

Roegshana Essack says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

As a coloured woman I think Kuli may have had a slight idea of how she wanted her article to read, I also think the idea may have come about after watching a Trevour Noah stand-up show and she left thinking to herself, “I’m Kuli I can do what he does and I can do it better”
Not knowing it takes wit and intelligence…oi….poor girl gotta feel for her, but kudo’s to her for at least trying to write a “funny” article, just some advice Kuli: “The word is RESEARCH”
How about making your next funny article about “The lighter side of slightly less intelligent woman in general” Now there’s something you can really go “BOS” with (That mean’s “go wild”) just consider that coloured slang lesson 1

Cynic says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This was obviously a lighthearted dig at coloured stereo types. People take digs at stereo types all the time. She somewhat redeemed herself towards the end of the article, even though that last cheeky comment may have been misplaced…but the truth is, there are many coloured people from the Cape that fit this description to the letter. People need to get a sense of humour, lighten up about the quirks in each of the colourful race groups in South Africa, and get on with life. The same kind of article can easily be written about every racial stereo type in SA. Why not censor every stand-up comedian that ever made a joke about such characteristics of any number of local or international race groups?

clay'a says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

ha my ma’se kinders, Wat gaan aan ne man we over came alot dont let all this bring us down and think less of ourself,
the fact is we are proudly coloured, honde ne man los die uit man.
I think majority is over reacting……. shup my ma’se kind

Cindy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I don’t see why people are upset. I’m a Cape Coloured woman and it really doesn’t bother me. I laughed at the article. It’s actually quite funny. Ease up people. Its just a an article. . . The woman is not attacking anyone. Just her view on things.

Proud colored lady says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

All I wanna know is if Mrs.Khuli Roberts has read her article, lady, do u feel proud of yourself right now? If I were you I would be so ashamed of myself now!!! You are obnoxious in the sense that you are unable to see what lies beyond any persons skin colour, hair, drinks and don’t talk about violent behaviour cos all over the world and in every ‘race’ there is domestic violence. Oh yes and about the colored girls ‘breeding’… If you would go to your nearest maternity ward you would see the statistics that colored girls do not ‘breed’ half as much as black girls. I love being a colored girl cos we have integrity,morrals, respect, we struggle ‘on’ our own ‘in’ our own way and do not depend on a ‘man’ to bring the bacon home. We stand by the choices we make wether it is good or bad choices, we do not look at a next person and judge them. ‘We are the race that is opening your eyes to see how a ‘rainbow nation’ should be. P.S I know by heart all the colored girls are praying for you inspite of your cruel remarks. Miss.H. Le Roux, EERSTERUST, Pretoria

Proud colored lady says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

How are you gonna explain ‘your’ article to your ‘colored’children one day Mrs.Roberts?

rogue mo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

hwzt …i read it and y r u guys shoutin at kuli is dat frend of hers (dat i s most prob a lelike tyre)dat needs to be shouted at

Matthew says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am a colured guys and I found this funny, Ii think its because a non-coloured made the comments, hence the offence. c’mon guys, please… surely you know someone or may gave even done some of these things yourself. we need to take ourselves serious and laugh at our quirkiness as well, but to always call it racism…really!

Lorraine says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

All i can say to Kuli is look at yourself in the mirror, you are not better than any other human being on earth and who gave you the right to judge i was under the impression it was only God- so what makes you so different from us – absolutely nothing, so get a life girl

pilany says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Ease up pple if she lie show me where

Patricia Edwin says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

What is the big deal. Its just a funny article. I am not even sure if it is how she sees things. I think may be if a comedian had said it it would be better but because she is not one it seems serious. We are all Africans but unfortunately because of the history of our country i think we are forced to watch what we say more than other nations have to.

I am coloured woman, proudly but i didnt take the article that serious not to say that other people should not. This is so sad the way we enraged about this just goes to show just how much we still see colour on each other. Please people lets try to see beyond that. Much love SA.

wat is all thefuzzzz says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i don’t see what all the fuzz is about.. people of all colour gets slanged all the time.. and don’t react on it all the time.. everything is nodd on above and mabey just mabey if these customs are offensive, its what all the public hav 2 live with everyday…mabey they should start and work on themselves instead of blaming a lady who has the guts to speak coloured and because of other tipes of coloureds we all get stamped in the same brand….its a real shame

Samantha says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I really don’t see the big deal. She should be fired for the quality of her writing, not the subject. Her attempt at being humorous fell flat. I know many comedians (coloureds themselves) who say derogatory things about every race – but they do it well, and in a certain style that is hysterical. her attempt to replicate that style resulted in her creating a complete mess that only she found amusing. How embarrassing.

Ms Sheeba says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

May we not forget the context of this article was a HUMOUR COLUMN…it was not meant to do serious harm or damage to anyone’s name.

This is a common case of having an issue blown out of proportion. Stereotypes are represented all day everyday on the stations you watch, the radio you listen to and the remarks from those in your immediate vicinity. That’s a fact of life.

There was no reason to fire her for putting a mirror against society and mimicking a regular practice that even ‘Proud Colored Lady’ is firing back by stating that black girls apparently breed more. Is that how you solve the debate?

How are you going to answer prejudice with more prejudice? Nobody is right here. We’re all guilty bastards when it comes to ignorance along racial lines. And Kuli should be no exception.

Katlego says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I don’t see anything wrong with ths article, wat khuli wrote is well known to all of us
U all must just get a life and leave her alone…

Caron says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

If an article like this offends… don’t know your true identity, haven’t discovered the truth behind your heritage and haven’t embraced your identity! c’mon people let’s get real & stay real!

it is not racism says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

People just like to take every little thing seriously and say its racism. How can this article have anything to do with racism. It is just a generalisation. And part of the things that khuli said are true. Most coloureds don’t have front teeth they like brand names. I don’t see how that’s an insult. Viva khuli roberts viva!

Diane says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Mrs Roberts, I somehow believe that the comments from your ‘so-called friend’ was in fact yours. These must be your own views and you probably felt the need to share them. If they were in fact your friend’s – who on earth cares what his/her opinions are! Mention anything regarding race to the black community and you are quick to jump on your horse and remind everyone of apartheid! That retaliation is justified, I agree, just like that expressed by the ‘coloured’ people after reading this column. Your skin colour does not define how you treat others; that is determined by your character traits. You show no respect or tact. You have no right to mock or condemn a person of another race – in case you don’t know that is discrimination – something most black people have fought against. Personally, I think you are clueless and that you need some education. Maybe a little bit of love too…

Remember one VERY important fact..we were created by God who loves everyone the same regardless of skin colour..

As for the fish, so what – they reproduce in the ocean. It’s food. I’m sure the black people would agree that they love chicken! Why don’t you rather go make a sarcastic comment about battery chicken farming…

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

She is wrong, I accept. She apoligised, I read her apology. Can’t we find it in our hearts to forgive her? Please.

Mpho Beukes says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I read the WHOLE article…….I mean the whole article ! what is the fuss ? Kuli you have done nothing wrong…period !!!! Why cant they complain when Trevor Noah makes funny jokes about them?

If they insist you are wrong, all jokes about Zulus, Shangaans should also be stopped. Coloured should stop taking themselves too seriously, because they aren’t…surely.

Sbahle says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i don think kuli was being racist in this article…. this was just a joke taken a bit too far, we all know ms roberts finds it difficult to think before she speaks.

cape town coloured gal says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

damn .. now i’m going after a black man!! with my silky soft hair and tanned skin!!

Indian Dude says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I thnk South Africa is a gr8 country, we hav d whole rainbow nation thng nd dat in itself iz awesome … but wen ppl lyk Mrs.Roberts writes racist nonsense like dis … problems develop. Wat gives u d ryt 2 make jokes abt anoda persons race in such a fashion?

i thnk its more distrubing dat d editor wud allow dis 2 b published …

Pearl says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

If we can’t laugh with each other who we gonna laugh with???? If what Kuli said was not true i bet you no one would have been this upset. The truth hurts S A… take a chill pill and stop being defensive. I am a coloured chic from CPT and all is true!!!!! Stop embarrasing yourselves by being upset.

anathi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

mxm..yal must be crazy…this chick obviously like colords..she’s just putting a few stereo types abt yaol out there..there r stereo types abt any race in case u didnr notice..lay off the poor gal plssss..geeez

Annie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I have to say I don’t really know what all the taboo is about. This article was not intended to be malicious – however it’s poorly thought out, poorly written, poorly executed. She can’t spell, doesn’t know how to use grammar correctly, and the fact that this article ever made it to print leaves an extremely sour taste in my mouth. If Avusa wants to make apologies, it should be for giving this woman a column in the first place. I can’t believe you’re all so caught up in the race issue (yawn, get over it already) you never commented on the fact that Avusa has given an illiterate woman a column in a leading newspaper. And what is a Hari Krisha, anyway? SIES on you Avusa.

wayne says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH’……….Kuli’s article was extremely distasteful and offensive, however we must protect her freedom of speech (Mr Wally Mbhele editor Sunday World) we must also protect your FREEDOM OF SPEECH those reading these comments and mine. It is dangerous to our future democracy when we try to silence people just because we disagree with what they say or write. This is not the first time we’ve tried to silence our journalist and others. This practice is evil and died with apartheid it must not be re-introduced into our society. Some of us are guilty of violating this right to free speech, we think that silence will solve the problem or somehow make it go away.

tefo says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

come on the lady was trying to be funny,i mean i have livd a bit with colourds and all that that was written is true

Fuzzy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It’s really strange that in this day and age it’s ok for black women to stereotype coloured women in such a blatent way. The funnier thing is that I live in Jo’burg and have ALL the same problems with black women.

I mean lets face it, blacks cant speak to each other, they SCREAM. (even if htey’re right next to each other)
They do all these outrageous crap to their hair that looks like christmas decorations and then they pat the head to ease the immense itch. (WTF)
They wear all the best clothes and drive all the best cars, but the worst is that every expensive car driven by a black women has a f-ing dent in it. (SERIOUSLY, just check as you are driving Jo’burg roads). Seems they buy their licenses!

They buy houses they can’t afford (even in “projects” like Cosmo City) and then the banks have to Repo the houses, shame….

Earning too much money when they’re not used to having any doesn’t teach you responsibility. Maybe the government should hold budget workshops when they hand out jobs to undeserving BEE compliant applicants with salaries in excess of R30 000.00pm.

And then there’s the ‘let my entire ass show “dresses” you wear’ that you CANNOT pull off with the truck asses that you have inherited from the all important ancestors….

the list is actually endless and I could go on forever, but this is only in retaliation to your slanderous insults and everything that I have just written should be taken in a satarical view as I am a Humour columnist for the community of educated coloured females.

I am by the way 30 years old, childless, married, successful and glad I’m not black!!!!

Haidee says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I think this entire thing has been totally blown out of the water! Come on South Africa we need to forget about our past and dust off all those HUGE chips on our shoulders’ ! Why is it ok for a comedian to stand on stage and take the piss out of every possible race around and not a satirical columnist like Kuli??

Saddened says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It is amazing to actually be on the other side of this debate for a change. I have listened/read articles, blogs etc by white People who wrote what I considered slanderous things about Black people (specifically South African) and “their” government.

Firstly, now I understand what happens when you get white People commenting in favour of the offending author, defending the author’s right to free speech or sometimes going so far as to say that whatever was written is true; it’s not a generalisation but actually what they also wish, if they had been given the public platform to do so, would love to say! People being so insensitive s to say, what’s the matter can’t you take a joke – even if that “joke” takes us back, even if it wounds and hurts! An attempt to trivialise that person’s hurt as though it is only real if you sanction it. If black People think Khuli’s article is ok, then it is! If white People say it ain’t that racist and that black People are imagining and blowing the racism thing out of proportion and stuck in the past, then it can’t possibly be racist!

Secondly, now I feel a lot more embarrassed about the various responses by the wounded party that you see, most along the lines of you are not so amazing yourself as a collective, where do you get off slagging us of? The responses that expose a certain amount of racism that is somehow disguised as pride over one’s race but actually tells you a bit more than the writer intended about their own prejudices. The approach that reduces these sort of discussions to a “yo momma …” contest! If it is to stop, then how can your doing it back be the solution?

I went to a white school and I remember a teacher asking me why black People pee on the side of the road and why they have babies out of wedlock, when I asked who exactly she was referring to – she said her maid and her other friend’s maids! So there are no social class divisions amoung black People, education level and socio-economic class make no difference to how they behave and what impact apartheid and migrant labour has had!? This question is directed at my black People.

Another year, I went to a coloured school in Harding and the kids used to tease me a lot about my twanging referring to my accent and I got really sensitive about it. I remember at assembly in the quad, a girl asking why my knickle joints on my fingers were so black (i have weird colouring – caramel some places and mahogany in others) me being so hurt over the rejection and hate answered in a mocking tone in a pitch just above normal (self-righteous too!), that it is because I am black
! I embarrassed her and used her as an outlet for all my pent up frustrations about the racism I had to endure! This is for my coloured People.

Let’s not let this thing continue to consume us, whether you believe it was satirical or not – people got hurt, you cannot trivialise that and reason it away; anyway her skill as a writer should have allowed her to walk that fine line of satire.

If you believe she spoke shit – then don’t go blaming every other black Person for it – for that matter she got coloured Kids to answer to herself someday (earlier comment), so she can’t hate ya’ll all that much? And if you wish to use this opportunity to teach someone a lesson do it in such a way that it affirms your grace, intellect as a people and your individual commitment to a new South Africa!

I love you all, in your different shades and colours because you are People!

Barbara De Kock says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I myself is a so-called coloured. Moved from the Cape and staying in Johannesburg now. Well………Well…………….my coloured sisters. What is all the fuss about??? All that Mrs Roberts was saying is true……………..That is exactly how we are. Leave the poor woman alone. We all know the truth hurts………so that is exactly the case here.

kevs says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

what i dont like about KR insert is that she’s trying to compare different races with one another negatively (comparing coloured and black). each race and each person is unique in their own way and she creating tension by comparing them.
as south africans y cant we appreciate one anothers uniqueness

kevs says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

oh yes by the way…i take you back to a time not so long ago when Zapiro (the cartoonist) made a cartoon that was also intended to be funny. The cartoon had a black couple thats kid just died and the couple stands looking at their kid and the father says ” dont worry we’ll make another one”. that cartoon caused as much an upstir in the black community as this article does.
Zapiro had to defend himself against the masses of enraged black people. Many black people thaught that his comments were both degrading and racist. others wanted him fired, others wanted apologies etc. Personally i think that this reaction was due to him being white.

At this moment in time, a black person has now made some comments about another racial group in South Africa. Seems as if the tables have turned now, u now longer on the receiving end.

this racial tension in SA will not leave us soon. it is here to stay for many many years. and our governments as well arent doing much to ease the racial tension.
MY personal opinion, lets pray and ask for the true KING to take his stand as a ruler and bring his kingdom. then we can find all the love and peace that we wish for so much

1234 says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Dear Poppetjie
I AM what you would call a coloured. I am married to a coloured woman and we have two coloured sons. My wife, Kathy, and I are proud of who we are: vehemently anti-racist and antisexist South Africans. We fought for freedom in the United Democratic Front in the ’80s and we continue to work towards a united country.
In keeping with this mission, I visit dozens of schools every year (for mahala) talking to South African kids (of whom the vast majority are black) about the immense value of reading.
I take issue with racism wherever and whenever I see or hear it because I believe it is evil and, if left unchecked, could destroy our country. How do I know this? There was a form of racism called apartheid not so long ago which kept us apart from each other and almost destroyed us all.
Of course, racism has not disappeared – and, sadly, it seems as if it never will (thanks to people like you). Many of the racists I encounter are erstwhile friends. I debate and argue with them in order to change their racist attitudes. But if their beliefs persist, I just don’t go to their homes any more or attend gatherings where they will be present.
If I told you what they say about black people, I would be stooping to your level. Let me just say that it involves how blacks dress, what they eat, how they behave on the road and, of course, the black government – more or less what you cover in your column.
Many black people would be deeply offended by these remarks. “This is not who we are,” they would say, and they would be right. This is because stereotyping is an inaccurate, ugly and demeaning portrayal of a people – almost always formed by someone outside that community.
This is what you, Ms Roberts, are guilty of. Your column was passed around to many people in offices and homes. My wife attempted to read your column at her office, but, she told me, “After reading a few lines, I found myself shaking in anger. I deleted it and went to sit in the loo to regain my composure.”
My reaction was similar to my wife’s shock and disbelief. And, for a few hours, I kept asking myself, “Why? What have coloured people done to you to cause this spurt of vitriol against them?”
In the absence of a reason from you, I can only assume:
Coloured people, many believe, have been left by the wayside by the government. Coloured townships, which were slums in apartheid South Africa, now look even worse, filled with derelict homes and unemployed poor people.
Many despair that while apartheid sidelined them with its racist laws, the ANC government is doing quite the same with its affirmative-action and BEE policies. Jobs, contracts and tenders seem to be for the ministers’ families and friends first, with what’s left over for other black people.
Your lifestyle keeps improving while that of many coloured women goes the other way. But you don’t understand this. Your world is one of catwalks and catfights, bitchy remarks about other women and their men, and Facebook gossip – a shallow, happy world where not too much serious thinking is required.
So one day you decide: coloured women. Now there’s a bunch of clowns worth writing about – for the mirth and pleasure of my fellow black brothers and sisters. In the game of Survivor South Africa, they have been voted off the island. The black tribe has spoken.
Since it is obvious that you know very little about us, let me tell you a few things:
Many of these coloured women were part of that famous struggle to set the little Kulis of this world free. Cissie Gool led a march of 20000 people to parliament in 1931 to protest against race laws; coloured women marched alongside Lilian Ngoyi to the Union Buildings in 1956 in their fight against pass laws (Sophia Williams); they were assassinated (Dulcie September in Paris, 1988), worked closely with Albertina Sisulu in the ’80s, and were detained, tortured, banned and forced into exile.
There are many more I could tell you about … if only you had the attention span.
And all the coloured women I know do have front teeth, most are nonsmokers, and I’ve never seen any of them being violent. And if some have more than three children, so what? When some famous black people have over a dozen kids, it’s called culture, but when our mothers have more than two, you accuse them of being sent on a breeding mission by Allan Boesak.
The reason I see coloured women differently, dear Kuli, is because I live among them, and call them mother and auntie and sister and wife. I love them as they love me. They taught me to read and write, to be curious, to joke, laugh and have dignity. They showed me that people are people no matter the colour of their skin or the clicks in their mother tongues.
I believe in my heart of hearts that we are all the same. Individually, though, there are huge differences – and here I talk about you and me specifically. You, for instance, believe that being pretty also means you are clever. Not so. You are what many would call a poppetjie: pretty, but pretty stupid.
Van Wyk is the author of Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch

Proud Coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Wow how uptight everyone is. I am very proud of my heritage and I found this article quite funny and to some extents quite true (since I used to live in Retreat and still have family that lives there) we need to stop taking things so personally and really just blowing things out of proportion. This article was not intended to hurt or offend anyone. It was a humerous take on the coloured community and seeing it first hand, it is not very far off!

Pathetic says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I cannot believe how pathetic ppl can be, I understand that coloured ppl hev been offended by Nomakula’s article bt to say all those things about black ppl is jst plane stupid and pathetic. Why are you stooping to her level…be careful my coloured freinds, u dnt want ppl to think u jst lyk Kuli coz she’s an airhead!!!

Nicci says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This article was meant in a light hearted manner, and was written by someone who had no real racist intention. If a coloured person had written the article, no-one would have batted an eyelid. This country claims to be over the racist years of apartheid and claims to have moved on and reconciled, but the reactions to this article reveal otherwise. Obviously, we are not so evolved as to find the humour in comedic articles such as this one, but are still programmed to find offense in everything that we read that makes light of other races.

We are clearly not a reconciled rainbow nation. Not because of articles like this, but because of reactions to articles like this.

Thembi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

We’ve all done things that were of bad taste at one point or another in our lives and Kuli certainly did hers with her article. What is interesting is that there were some jibes made at Black people in her article that we have all ignored in our self righteous indignation. We will truly become a rainbow nation when we become offended at slurs at humanity not just at slurs on one race which we happen to belong to. I read with shock at a comparison of Kuli with Zapiro on his cartoon on death of a child. Mourning for lost loved ones is what differentiates us from beasts and implying that any person of any race would not mourn for dead loved one is more than an insult. Anyone who has lost a child through death would be adversely affected by such depiction and total disregard for the pain one feels when one loses a child. Zapiro clearly does not care about how his cartoons sometimes brings back the trauma and pain that most South African endure on a daily basis. His lack of sensivity was what made him draw a picture of lady justice about to be raped and for a country where a woman is raped in every six seconds, that was very insensitive indeed

Nita says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm


You had your say about coloured women and I know most Black women feel the same. Now it’s our turn. You are all fake, from your fake hair to your fake attitudes. You are all so westernised, but are still clinging to your so-called cultures, when it suits you. Just have a look at yourselves at lobola gatherings. Are you still African?

shoegirl says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It would’ve been funny if a coloured person,like Marc Lottering said it.It’s like black jokes-only black people can tell them without appearing racist.You have coloured children,so just know this will haunt you.You tried to be funny,but failed.I,personally think you have an identity crisis.Your editor is the one who cost you your job,because he/she should’ve known better than to publish this “article”,so don’t know which of you are more sensekess than the other.I’m a proud EERSTERUST coloured.We’re not impressed.Don’t know how the Cape coloureds feel,but Pretorians are not amused.

mandisa says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

without going through the whole gender bullshit, the article on its own is poor. where the hell did this woman obtain her journalism qualifications?

Zine says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

aaarg u people r too sensitive. theres absolutely nothing wrong with this article.
Coloured jokes have always been around,jst like blonde jokes and black jokes.
Now breath

rudzani thangoane says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

aiyy mina all im saying is white O’s are just laughing at how they got off the hook and how africans (black,indian and kalads)are going off at each other they not the only shallow ones no more what did our fore fathers fight for my brothers and sistas? thats all im saying.

Mgoli says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

mxm mxm mxm mxm…dats th only problem wth South Africans w look closely at thngs dat are negetive nd give all power to it, why cnt w jst let it go coz its rly nt a big deal. ts jst reality. FACT!!

Sakhi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Kuli that was the best article ive ever read in my whole life………………………….screw ya’ll haterz…..u dont hv a sense f humor.NOMAKULA THAT ARTICLE IS THE BEST EVER<

Pam says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Sakhi… definalty dont have a sence of humour if you think the article was funny! get a life

Jacks says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Why journalism? Why not stand up comedian? Im of “color”, but im not gana take this serious. I laughed my ass off when i read this article thinking poor little girl suffering of major childhood issues. The thing is Kuli, we dont really have that much of freedom in our speech my dear only on stage. PLEASE!!!! be carefull and sensetive next time….. hope you’ve learned from this Ms Roberts.

proudly coloured says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I actually didn’t think this article was offensive at all. I mean people really just blew things way out of proportion….Just saying….

potentially offensive but funny and true says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

hahahahahaha just reading the comments to khuli’s article in itself is funny. Last night i attended a good old south african braai, complete with braai vleis and a rainbow nation (black, white, coloured and even foreigners). I heard of Khuli’s article for the first time last week, however, never bothered going to investigate what has been said, until a debate regarding this article was started. Judging by what was said at the braai, by what you would call my “black female friends”, I thought I would be highly offended as they themselves were offended by the infamous article, and I had to find out what the whole uproar was about. After reading the article and being an intelligent coloured woman myself, I was not at all offended. I found it rather funny. Because 1: None of what Khuli said applied to me, sure, I know a few coloured woman who would fit the bill and even I make light of it. 2: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. If you are so perfect and have never made a racial comment (positive or negative, never the less a racial comment), then you may have your say. Otherwise I would suggest that everyone go to their nearest chemist and request medication to assist them in finding a sense of humor.

signing off
humored proud coloured woman

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Rainbow nation? I always wondered whether the other colours in the rainbow were dumb. And now they speak, no they scream.

I have admired Kuli Roberts openess about the social ills facing the rainbow nation. You all know that most of what she said was true, so don’t you go making her the devil. In fact everything she comments on is true. Only progressive people would meditate on this blant realities for the better and not go around crying like beared babies.

As for you all coloured people, the truth must hurt. Prove her wrong if you want me not to believe Kuli.

Phambili Zibi says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I can just imagine how the coloured women want to respond and write something about black girls.

Guys, could we please stop using the term ‘we’ because WE all know that within our races, WE are not on the same level. In other words, do not say ‘WE’ as coloured people are civilized, or ‘WE’ as black people are this or that… WE all have our different classes within our races.

If you do not do any of the the things that Khuli mentions then you should not be offended. if you do….. then laugh about it.


University of Cape Town student.

Oom Mike says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Black guy starts quarreling with me over some minor issue. After a while he calls me a “f…. boer”. One minute later he accuses ME of being a “f… racist”.
All I’m asking: Aren’t we overplaying these accusations of racism, and for that matter harrassment as well, TOO far?
PS If you can’t laugh at yourself you have a problem.

Rameez says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a coloured male born and raised in Cape Town and I didn’t find anything offensive about this article, in fact I had quite a good chuckle while reading it this morning. Nice to start off the day with a good laugh.
Maybe if it wasn’t funny then it would have been offensive but let’s face it, if the article was written by Marc Lottering then the people slamming this article would’ve been laughing their asses off.

I see it as an article poking fun at South Africans and not as a racist article about coloureds. I mean, the bit about the black girl applying skin lightener while saying “black is beautiful” was hilarious.

Most of the stereotypes mentioned in this article live in my neighbourhood! Just this morning i saw a lady standing outside in her nightgown with curlers in her hair.
South Africans as a whole are a funny group of people and laughing at ourselves is what we do best … or at least that’s what i remember about our community growing up.
Read it again and have a laugh.

One last thing to add :
how do you know when you’re coloured?
– You call strangers “aunty” and “uncle”
– All the cd’s in your car are copied on writable disks.
– You struggle to choose a movie at the cinema because you had the pirate copy a month before the release.
– Your rims cost more than car.
– A chip roll and guava juice is considered an actual meal.
– You never pay full price for anything because you always “have a cousin who can hook you up”.

keep the jokes coming.

Thanda says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Well, South Africa, relax. Kuli was just being humourous, and the editor who fired her for this is incompetent. The joke is not about coloured girls only, it is also about black girls ( remember the skin lightening application part?)

Come on guyz you cannot be this serious! Its a joke!

SA-boikie says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A friend of mine once said: ‘A joke is something that makes you laugh.” I don’t see the objects of this “joke” laughing. If I were them I would take this author, the editor, and the newspaper to the constitutional court for stereotyping a particular group of the population in a demeaning manner. That is called racism, and is against the law.

We struggle to get justice in this country because we do not uphold the law for all South Africans, equally.

South Africans have been so brainwashed by fake racism we do not even know the real thing when it is aimed at a particular group. I feel like saying sorry to all the coloured women for this ignorant and arrogant woman dissing them in public, in the name of humour.

Try the Human Rights Commission, and see if they would find this funny? The newspaper simply did not have the right to do so. The law is clear about these matters. Laugh all the way to the bank when you sue them for compensation. You’ll probably win as well.

A public newspaper has to answer to the public. Judging by many of the offended party’s comments, this one has been found to be insensitive, uncultured, racist, and stupid. Why be tolerant of this sort of thing? I say squash such rubbish. It is bad for all of us. Show your strength, and next time you’ll get respected.

Thank you to everyone who spoke out against it. Those who were in favour of it, remember that it might be your turn next time, and then you must really laugh your fool heads off, ok?

Hannah says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This article just made my blood boil, not even because I myself am coloured, but just that someone can think they are so witty that they think they can write this trash? What the hell is wrong with this woman? I feel like slapping her.

maxine says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

she is right this is true of most coloured communities including mine im coloured and proud as we coloureds live in the freedom of truth and we dont care about other peoples opinions what matters is that we live enjoying everyday life and we dont live in the past blaming everybody we make a plan for everyday hardships and thank god we coloured women know how to keep our men and our coloured men know how to love a women

mvusie_truth says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Can’t believe this rubbish was published to start with, it just proves how ignorant some people can be. I really did not expect this from a public figure-atleast she used to be

Thandeka says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I ask as well. . . what happened to the Editor who is actually the one who allowed this article. What is the point of having an E-D-I-T-O-R, one who edits, corrects, etc, if you end up with such things and only juniors get dismissed. Someone did not thing this article was wrong, they had the same sick mentality and they get away with or like Brooks from News of the World “he was not aware of the article at the time”…????

PIe says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

People are People, and come on we love to rip in to one another. I’m South Jozi Portuguese gangsta girl who wears too much bling, my mags are blinged, my body is blinged, my bling is goddamn blinged. F*ck with me and I’ll call my cousins, and we’ll f*ck you up bro, or is it bru? Hey how do you know someones from Durban they pronounce fish, f-u-shh. And those f*cking Capetonians and their goddamn mountain, yeah it’s pretty but when I go to the beach I’d like not to get frost bite from swimming in the ocean, f*ck you and your plastic beaches. The truth is that I am from the South, I dont wear jewelry and my best mates are from Durban. I wish I had the balls to wear a t-shirt that said “You dont have to be black to be a K*ffir”. I dont believe in god, isn’t that what it means? Maybe we could appropriate the word like the americans are doing with N*gga. I dont think we should be afraid of stereotypes, we should make fun, and talk proud and revel in the extreme diversity of our country. We love it. We hate it. Just dont be mean, be a nice person, be funny, say cruel things if you must but not to hurt anyone, be nice, love your friends and dont get offended when people say ‘oh you’re from the south, nice china’ just laugh. You know you want to. And it’s funny because as crazy as it sounds it’s true, all the stereotypes, they exist, and it’s amazing, it adds texture everywhere, and with all the shit that goes on in this country if you cant have a f*cking sense of humour about it then you’re f*cked. I have the balls to stick it out and try make it better so sometimes I can say whatever the f*ck I want.

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This article is equally offensive to black women. We are just as beautiful as coloured and white women…just coz back then in the apartheid era when being narrow minded was cool and we where told that since we are black we are not as pretty shouldn’t be applicable today nd people like kuli and mshoza are brainwashed and obviously need help if they believe people who discriminate against them coz they are black and think that they are actually right that black isn’t as pretty. We have beautiful big lips that these white women buy and are too ashamed to call them black lips and instead call them angelina joli lips. Brazilian but implants should also be called black butt implants coz we black women are naturally born with “brazilian” butts
. Unlike them we generally have bigger boobies so it should come naturally that breast implants should be pronounced black breast implants. They tann their skins to look darker, that should say something. And increasingly they have a fancy for our black men coz our black men have BIGGER! There is nothing to not love about being black and we as the black race need help coz we have low self esteem. Kuli shouldn’t feel that she doesn’t compare to coloured or white women…her white husband must have appreciated her not only as a woman but as a black woman with a different culture from his own. Unlike her he certainly looks past her skin colour. She along with everybody else who begs to differ should grow up. The point is as much as people like kuli think coloured and white women are better, there are white women just like them who think black women are better which explains the invention of these surgeries. We should start embracing our skin differences and teach our children that no race is better than the other. Regardless of our racial differences we are the same…we crap the same, we breath the same way, we eat and digest our food the same way and we deffinately look the same to the rest of the animal kingdom.

judy says:
February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm

i dont see anything wrong, its honesty

February 02, 2011 at 6:57 pm




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