MK youth leader’s attack on Kolisi sparks outrage

By Celani Sikhakhane

Fans of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi are fuming at the attack on Kolisi by the interim youth leader of the uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, Bonginkosi Khanyile. 

Khanyile’s comments threaten to damage the party’s image in the Eastern Cape, where Kolisi is hugely popular.

The youth leader appeared on DJ Sbu’s Hustlers Corner show, accusing Kolisi of being a “house negro” who brainwashes black people into becoming slaves to white people and their propaganda.

He demanded that Kolisi copy Muhammad Ali, the world-famous boxer who advocated for black rights in America.

Khanyile’s remarks sparked outrage on the show’s social media page.

Chimoro Zoko commented that Khanyile seemed unwell.

“This guy is clearly sick,” said Zoko. 

“Siya Kolisi chose sports, not politics. Khanyile needs to understand that.”

Buyile Mkhize voiced concern about Khanyile’s suitability for leadership. 

“With all due respect, Khanyile needs personal development and maturity. The party needs leaders like Mbuyiseni Ndlozi [EFF commissar and MP] and Mcebo Dlamini [who led the #FeesMustFall protests],” she said.

Others accused Khanyile of being jealous of Kolisi’s success. 

“If Khanyile wants Eastern Cape votes, he should stop mocking Siya,” said Masakhe Tengwa.

“Siya is more important than [MK leader Jacob] Zuma in the Eastern Cape.”

Vusi Pikoli, the former head of the National Prosecuting Authority, referenced his book The Second Initiation, mentioning that black people in Gqeberha [formerly Port Elizabeth] townships played rugby back in the 70s, even during apartheid. 

Khanyile’s attack on Kolisi follows similar controversial remarks he has made, mocking Christians and academics for being “brainwashed by whites”.

Pictured above: Siya Kolisi. 

Image source: File


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