Springbok brushes off racist comments
SPRINGBOK rugby player Siya Kolisi appears to have unwittingly borrowed a page out of singer Lira’s book by resolving to ignore internet trolls who have taken issue with his marriage to Rachel, who is white.
Speaking to The Times, Lira said she had also been a victim of vitriolic insults from people who objected to her marriage to white music producer Robin Kohl.
“We have weathered that storm. In the beginning, of course, it was there, but we don’t find that kind of commentary any more because people get over it.
“These people don’t build your life so you really don’t care; they really don’t matter,” said Lira.
Her comments follow a Facebook rant by Hannes Lottering, who at the weekend shared a picture of Kolisi and his wife saying: “I pray that this does not happen in my family. Honest to God, I would not know what to do.”
Yesterday Kolisi said he would not respond to trolls.
“I ignore things like that… They don’t make any difference in my life,” he told TMG Digital.
The couple tied the knot in August and have been victims of racist attacks ever since.
In October, Rachel said she would limit her social media activity because of online bullying and attacks.
Webber Wentzel media and information lawyer Dario Milo said the couple had recourse to the Equality Court and the Human Rights Commission.
“The hate speech law will create a criminal offence of hate speech but racists will, sadly, always be racists. There is a limit to what laws can do to change disgraceful behaviour.”