A massive campaign against statues of Cecil Rhodes was instigated in the UK. Lazy journalists here mimicked the story and went looking for statutes of our own horrible people so they could be tipped over.
But it turns out that the student behind the campaign is an awful racist himself.
A student who helped lead the campaign to tear down a ‘racist’ statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oxford has boasted about refusing to tip a waitress because she was white.
Ntokozo Qwabe bragged online that he and a friend made the woman cry ‘typical white tears’ after writing on the bill ‘we will give tip when you return the land’.
The incident, in a café in South Africa, provoked a fierce backlash from critics who branded him a ‘hypocrite’.
Mr Qwabe, 24, is one of the leaders of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, which campaigned to remove a statue of the 19th Century imperialist from Oriel College.
Although he is a Rhodes scholar himself and received money from the Rhodes’ estate to study at Oxford, Qwabe and other activists claimed forcing ethnic minority students to walk past the statue amounted to ‘violence’.
On Thursday, he wrote on Facebook about an altercation with a waitress during a visit to a restaurant called Obz Café in the Western Cape, South Africa.
He said the incident had left him ‘unable to stop smiling because something so black, wonderful & LIT just happened!’
He wrote that he had eaten there with a friend, described as a ‘radical non-binary trans black activist’, but that the pair had refused to pay the ‘white woman’ waitress a tip.
He said: ‘They take a pen & slip in a note where the gratuity/tip amount is supposed to be entered.
‘The note reads in bold: “WE WILL GIVE TIP WHEN YOU RETURN THE LAND”. Read more »