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ANC councillor who said ‘F**k you’ to resident speaks out

eThekwini councillor Themba Mkhize texted ‘F**k you’ via Whatsapp to a local who had asked for help following the floods in KZN

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An ANC councillor in eThekwini has apologised for swearing at a resident who asked for assistance in the wake of the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

A screenshot of a Whatsapp message shows that Themba Mkhize, an eThekwini ward 25 councillor, texted “f**k you” to a Springtown resident who had asked him on Whatsapp to come to the aid of the community

“Don’t read my message and not reply. Many families under your ward lost their homes and their lives and you are not doing a thing,” another message from the resident reads.

The screenshot was circulated on Twitter, sparking much outrage, particularly because KZN is still dealing with the aftermath of floods that killed nearly 450 lives, damaged critical infrastructure and left thousands of people homeless.

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‘I WASN’T RAISED LIKE THAT’ – ETHEKWINI COUNCILLOR

Themba Mkhize says while he is remorseful for his actions, he has also slammed the resident for assuming he hasn’t done much to help victims of the KZN floods.

“Let me apologise to South Africans, to my leadership of the ANC – regional, provincial and national. I wasn’t raised like that,” he has said.

Mkhize, who claims to be disabled, says he assumed the person who sent the message was the same one who had called him a cripple earlier and was thus angry when he replied.

He also spoke to Daily News and said in part: “For me to say f**k u, it wasn’t my intention and I apologise for it. But I still believe the person was basically swearing at me too by saying I am sitting down and doing nothing. There are a lot of swear words they use on me. I’ve saved them and I just laugh because that’s what I was told to do.”

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