Controversial Sunday Times columnist David Bullard has been axed for writing a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œracist columnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, writes hajra omarjee in Business Day.
CONTROVERSIAL Sunday Times columnist David Bullard has been axed for writing a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œracist columnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
In his last offering of Out to Lunch, Bullard graphically detailed how Africa had ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbenefitedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â from colonialism, an argument that drew criticism from readers and social commentators.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHe wrote a racist column on Sunday. I had a conversation with him on Tuesday, I told him that what he wrote was unacceptable,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya said last night. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt went against the values of this newspaper.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHe told me he believed what he had written. I took a decision as editor to discontinue his contract.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Social commentator Xolela Mangcu said he was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdelightedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â by news of BullardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s axing, saying racism could not be disguised as freedom of speech .
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFreedom of speech is not an invitation for racist speech,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Mangcu said.
He had taken exception to BullardÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s column and wrote in yesterdayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Business Day that democracy was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œnot an invitation" for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œoffensive speechÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and that this time Bullard had gone too far.
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