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PA’s Gayton McKenzie has asked South Africans not to cancel Renaldo Gouws over racially charged videos filmed over a decade ago.
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‘People change’: Gayton asks SA not to ‘cancel’ Renaldo Gouws

Gayton McKenzie has graciously called on South Africans to hold Renaldo Gouws accountable for his actions – but not cancel him over them.

gayton mckenzie, renaldo gouws

PA’s Gayton McKenzie has asked South Africans not to cancel Renaldo Gouws over racially charged videos filmed over a decade ago.
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@gaytonmck/ @renaldogouws

While Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie has admitted to disliking Renaldo Gouws, he has appealed to South Africans not to “cancel” the DA MP accused of racism and homophobia.

The outspoken social media commentator has courted controversy over video clips filmed more than a decade ago.

Over the weekend, a petition to remove Gouws as a member of parliament has received over 50,000 signatures. Gouws has since posted a formal apology.

GAYTON MCKENZIE SPEAKS OUT ON RENALDO GOUWS SAGA

Gayton McKenzie – a reformed ex-convict – has called on South Africans not to punish Renaldo Gouws over his old racially charged and homophobic views.

In the midst of the social media storm, the PA leader tweeted: “I can’t stand this guy; he is not a good person, in my opinion. He never let a day pass without bringing up my past during campaigning. He reminded people every day that I once was a criminal, but to want to cancel or remove him from parliament for something he said 16 years ago is wrong”.

Gayton continued: “People change, people become better, most of us live with regret for the things we said or did, some amongst us have been racist or said racist things maybe once many years ago. I don’t think we should destroy the future of people for something that happened so many years ago”.

Naturally, many of Gayton’s followers were surprised by his words, seemingly defending his political rival.

When one tweep reposted a clip of Renaldo Gouws attacking Gayton’s character, the latter replied: “I am a far better person today than what he is. I hire more ex-prisoners in my companies than any company in the whole of Africa. My standing up for him is my standing up for the many decent, upstanding people who once wronged society. I hate cancel culture”.

He added, “There is a huge difference between holding people accountable and cancelling them. Renaldo Gouws should be held accountable, but cancelling him is just plain wrong, in my opinion. I believe in restorative justice because I am a recipient of it.”

WHAT DOES THE DA SAY?

According to the SABC, the DA has acknowledged Renaldo Gouws’ viral videos and a petition launched to expel him from parliament.

In a statement, the DA said that it “disassociates itself from the video and does not condone the tone and content.”

According to the party, Gouws removed the video from social media over a decade ago and apologised for it in 2013.

The DA added that it “believes that Gouws is indeed remorseful for his outburst over a decade ago.”