The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has labelled racist comments by the Black Land First spokesperson, Lindsay Maasdorp over the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy, as despicable. Maasdorp came out in support of a comment by a Facebook user who said he does not feel pain for the learners who lost their lives, who he assumed to be white. A fourth learner has died in ICU and has been identified as the sixteen-year-old Marnus Nagel. He was one of twenty-three learners hospitalised after a walkway at the school collapsed on Friday. Maasdorp is said to have tweeted: “Why should we frown on the ancestors’ petitions to punish land thieves including their offspring.” The Foundation’s Executive Director, Neeshan Balton, is shocked that Maasdorp can use a tragedy of ordinary school children losing their lives. He says irrespective of their race, religion or, basic humanity dictates we have empathy. Balton stated the Foundation will visit the school to extend its condolences and demonstrate its objection. Several years ago Kathrada laid a wreath at the site of the 1985 Westdene bus tragedy, where 42 white pupils drowned after their bus plunged into a dam. Kathrada went there after a social media user posted that he was going to celebrate the anniversary with a ‘braai’.
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