Kessie Nair / Photo via Facebook
Kessie Nair / Photo via Facebook
Kessie Nair recorded a video of himself calling the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, a “k****r”; the question is why would someone do such a thing?
South Africa is a racial and cultural melting pot which still bares the wounds of a pre-democratic oppressive regime. Unfortunately, 25 years after the fall of apartheid, racism still manages to breed and proliferate in the dingy corners of societal ignorance.
Thanks to social media, camera phones and a lack of basic human understanding; racists have found themselves thrust into the spotlight. First there was Penny Sparrow, and then Vicki Momberg, followed by everybody’s most hated South African, who has, thankfully, decided to stay in Greece, Adam Catzavelos.
There have been a few notable mentions in between – but those are the people who have added acetone to South Africa’s social cohesion.
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) September 19, 2018
We can now add Kessie Nair to the list of racist morons. Before we get into sketchy details of an unstable bigot, let’s look at his crime.
Nair posted a selfie-video on social media, wherein he blames President Ramaphosa for all the societal ills in South Africa, stating:
“I hereby call for that K***** state president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, yes I mean k***** state president Cyril Ramphosa to be charged, for [de] frauding this nation, for oppressing this nation, for high treason, for being the source [of] all crime and violence and poor healthcare and poverty in this so-called true democracy.”
Nair is a convicted fraudster, con-artist and Durban-based businessman. According to his family, he spent six years behind bars at Westville prison, for nefarious financial dealings. According to some reports he has links to the 26’s prison gang.
He’s also an ex-ward councillor, who was, at one stage, according to his family, committed to upholding the values of a non-racial, free and fair society.
Nair is the self-proclaimed “CEO, founder, and creator of Navcare – the National Association towards Violence Crime and Abuse”. Not much else is known about the business or Nair’s directorial role; the only information that can be found is on an outdated LinkedIn page.
This is undoubtedly the question on everybody’s mind. Finding the answer isn’t hard; Nair has been open to discussing the matter with the media. Let’s look at what Nair had to say about his racist rant:
“Nobody wakes up one morning and makes a statement and a video like that on social media. No one in his right mind.
How is it possible that I could say this same k-word to the most dangerous gangsters and come out alive? Words will not hurt you; it will not shed your blood.”
The man himself admits that “no one in his right mind” would record such a video and release it on social media. While it’s no excuse for his despicable racist rant, his family has also confirmed his dubious health issues.
Speaking to Sowetan Live, Kessie’s brother Khrishnan Nair said:
“As a family we distance ourselves from such utterances and statements. We have a history of being in the trenches fighting apartheid and being involved in the struggle for the liberation of this country from the shackles of the Nationalist Government.
He suffers a serious chronic illness. The visuals he posted of himself shows he lacks the intelligence and understanding of what he is saying. His incarceration for a long time has also played a role in his personality.
His health took a turn for the worst a few years ago… Kessie needs immediate medical care and attention.”
While the family doesn’t explicitly state mental health concerns as the reason for Kessie’s k-word rant, reading between the lines reveals clear signs of delusion and emotional instability.
Shortly after the video surfaced on Wednesday, former eThekwini councillor, Brandon Pillay, opened a criminal case against Nair at the Bayview police station.
According to The Citizen, Nair has since been arrested and is expected to appear in court on Thursday morning.
But Nair believes he’s done no wrong and remains unapologetic. In fact, despite successful prosecution of racists in the recent past, Nair believes he has committed no crime, saying:
“It’s not like I’ve committed murder or armed robbery. Not to justify myself but I did it with all good intentions to draw the nations to the challenges we face. Then they become aware and not take life for granted, it’s time that we all stand united, we all have faults within ourselves.”