white South African model Jessica Leandra dos Santos under fire over racist Twitter post

Criticised: Jessica Leandra Dos Santos, 20, was removed from FHM's pages photoshoots after she caused outrage by tweeting a taboo term for black people

Jessica Leandra Dos Santos, 20, was removed from FHM‘s pages photoshoots after she caused outrage by tweeting a taboo term for black people

Jessica Leandra dos Santos, a South African model who won the local FHM Models 2011 competition, is under fire over a Twitter post in which she uses racist language.

Dos Santos, 20, posted a tweet in which she describes a confrontation with a man inside a grocery store late Thursday:

“Just, well took on a on arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have,” she wrote, later deleting the tweet after receiving angry responses.

In South Africa, the “k-word” is a highly offensive racial slur that refers to a black person.

Dos Santos, who last year won the top models competition for men’s magazine FHM South Africa, is also an ambassador for the Little Eden charity home, according to her website.

Dos Santos posted an apology on her blog, in which she said she had tweeted out of anger.

“I tweeted rather irresponsibly about an incident I encountered last night, using a harsh and unkind word about the gentleman who had confronted me with sexual remarks and sounds,” she wrote.

Dos Santos also posted on Twitter, in response to the backlash: Would u all stop! These are the kinds of people that land up raping young girls of our country! I wasn’t going to let him get away with it.

 

Mabine Seabe, a columnist, wrote on Twitter that he had filed a complaint with South Africa’s Human Rights Commission: I have lodged a complaint against Jessica Leandra with the Human Rights Commission on the basis of crimen injuria and libel.

 

FHM South Africa, in response to the outrage, has distanced itself from dos Santos:We’re horrified that any1 would say such things! Those attitudes have no place in society or FHM!

Legal experts told South Africa’s Independent Online last month that South Africans who are found making racist comments on social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be charged with crimen injuria or hate speech.

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14 thoughts on “white South African model Jessica Leandra dos Santos under fire over racist Twitter post”

    1. her freedom is she has no freedom she is living in a country full of blacks and she should respect that and if she cant she should join us back in Europe simple

    2. Yes you are correct everyone should feel free to say and feel whatever they want. B
      ut it’s stupid to tweet about it. More especially if you are a public figure. Some things cannot be tolerated !!!!

  1. If she is 20 years old, i believe she learnt this from the parents. This is a good lesson for all the people who think that they are superior than other race or culture. If you are not happy, well,pack your bag and leave the country…especially people like Chris!!!!

  2. In South Africa you will not find any racist black people………but white people get murdered voilently, raped, robbed daily for no reason and if they do not want to accept it, they get told to emigrate.

    1. Violance is everywhere buddie and for you to suggest that black people are walking around looking for white people to rape and kill …..You are stupid !!!

  3. Nothing good has EVER come out of africa !!! a dog is a dog and a kaffer is a kaffer finish en klaar !

    1. Why are you still in Africa then? And believe me, I totally understand where your anger for black SAns come from: You being Afrikaner. I think all the afrikaners who where part of the apartheid gov and do not like what’s happening now should pack and make way for those who are willing to accept that Africa is Africa.
      Feel free to call black people whatever you want(If it makes you feel better). in fact call whoever you want what ever you want. The truth Always prevails !! Thats Life!!!

  4. If you insult a woman and she insults you back, what seems to be the problem? Receive what you give. You have NAMES for us and we have NAMES for you. Seems fare to me.

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