Somizi Takes UP Student To Court After Racist Homophobic Tweet. Media personality Somizi Mhlongo who is known for his bubbly personality and hilarious comments on just about anything is currently speaking with his lawyers to help him bring justice upon a racist attack he suffered online when a student Lia Meyer from University Of Pretoria used the K word on him. The tweet was deleted within minutes. Lia apologised and claimed her account had been hacked.
“I am speaking to lawyers right now and they will advise on what steps I need to take. I am not letting this one slide. With regards to her claiming the account had been hacked, until [it is] proven … which we will also go deeper into investigating, I’m not letting it go. I am carrying on with the charges,” said the Idols judge speaking to TshisaLIVE.
He went on to add said he wanted to teach racists there was no place for them in society and that no form of racism could be tolerated.
“There is no place for racists in South Africa, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, so we have to continue teaching people a lesson and making an example because definitely someone out there will know that this can’t be tolerated and shouldn’t have been tolerated in the first place.”
Lia’s best friend Hannah Gauché told TshisaLIVE that Lia was not ready to speak to the media and that she had asked for her privacy to be respected.
Hannah said she understood why Somizi was appalled by the “racist and homophobic tweet”, but believed he could have handled the situation better.
“I firmly and unquestionably stand against racism. My biggest problem with the situation is how he handled it. He is a public figure with a lot of people who look up to him and support him. I think he should have either tried to reach out to her first or he should have gone straight to the police and filed a report.”
Hannah said police would have been able to investigate the hacking claim, but asking fans to find Lia had put her safety at risk.
“I stand by Lia and who she is as a person. I know that she is not irrational enough to risk her future and her happiness for a tweet which promotes intolerant views that are not her own.”
Source : TshisaLIVE