Johannesburg – Chief executive of MiWay Insurance Rene Otto on Monday apologized for the "pain and offense" caused by several tweets he sent after the release of the controversial book The Lost Boys or Bird Island.
Otto came under attack after he had tweeted his thoughts about the book, This concerns high-ranking former officials of the National Party who reportedly were part of a pedophile circle with government ministers at the end of the 1980s, causing disputes among predominantly African-speaking users.
Otto, in one case, tweeted how absolute power corrupts and is questioned when there will be some justice for the victims of the alleged abuse.
Busy read The Lost Boys or Bird Island … shocking! Another example that corrupts power and absolutely corrupts power! Where is the justice for the victims?
In the second, more controversial tweet, Otto says the book is a must-read for "white Saffas – especially Afrikaners who believe they are God's chosen people".
"The Lost Boys or Bird Island" is a must-read for white Saffas – especially Afrikaners who believe that they are God's chosen people – who are still in denial of the destruction of the Apartheid era. It let me stripped. What do we learn from this and can we ever make up for it?
The last tweet got strong reactions from users, who accused Otto of painting all Afrikaners with the same brush and without moral judgment.
Other users, including Kallie Kriel of AfriForum, called for a boycott of the insurance company in the aftermath of the controversial tweets.
What a pity that @ reneotto5901 would try to make a connection between the history of the Afrikaner and pedophiles. As CEO of @miwayinsurance he seems happy to have African customers while insulting them. If I could do it my way, Otto would be on his way. https://t.co/v29FlUH90X
In a statement Otto apologized for the controversial tweet and explained that it was sent in a personal capacity and "does not in any way reflect the views of MiWay".
"My intention with the tweet, though provocative, was not to hurt any person or culture, but to encourage the reading of the book and to challenge all South Africans, especially African-speaking South Africans (including me). ) for their role in nation-building.
"In retrospect, I failed, I used controversial words that upset and offended many African-speaking South Africans. Once I became aware of the pain and violation I caused, I placed an unconditional apology on Twitter."
He goes on to say that he takes full responsibility for his actions and that it was not of his nature to be offensive or offensive. Otto adds that he does not hate Afrikaners or believes that they are all bad, or pedophiles and murderers.
"In fact, I consider the vast majority of Afrikaners as honorable, hard-working people who make an enormous contribution to the country, in all layers of the population," he said.
My official statement to clarify the controversy around the "Lost Boys" – tweet, attached. pic.twitter.com/RlJsgOszGN
See more response to Otto's tweets:
The whole belief system of a Christian is based on the fact that they are in fact God's chosen people: black, white, Chinese, Indian, etc.
What a way to expose your intolerance to respect a religion, and so on a whole culture.
You miss moral judgment.
What do the alleged crimes of a few men have to do with the Afrikaners in general, Rene? Men with English business people? The Afrikaner can not be blamed for the destruction that you see in Africa and after the Apartheid SAfr. Focus on the black corruption and incompetence in the wholesale!
only now heard about your tweet, and I am appalled. If I, as an Afrikaner, said something so humiliating about another race, the world would have blown up in my face, I would have been fired and I was being charged. Do you think a simple apology is enough?