Mujati called a 'baboon'

2011-08-27 17:34

Johannesburg - Former Springbok tighthead prop Brian Mujati has accused South Africans Heinke van der Merwe and Steven Sykes of making racist remarks towards him in a pre-season rugby match between Leinster and Northampton Saints in Dublin, Ireland on Friday.

"Steven Sykes and Heinke van der Merwe were calling me a baboon during the scrums last night," Mujati posted on his Twitter feed on Saturday.

"Racism is still alive and things don't change."

Former Sharks lock Sykes and Lions prop Van der Merwe are now based in Ireland, while Mujati plays for Saints.

"I was shocked by how blatant they were being and to think I actually thought I knew Heinke from back in the Lions days," Mujati posted on the social network.

"The guy then tries to shake my hand after the game. Naturally I kindly told him to f*** off.

"I wish them all the best with their careers."

Leinster Rugby said in a statement that there would be a full internal investigation into the matter.

"The managements of both teams are in close communication and hopefully the matter will be resolved as soon as possible," it said.

The Zimbabwean-born Mujati has earned 12 caps for the Springboks, while Van der Merwe has one national cap to his name and Sykes has featured for the Emerging Boks.

Leading up to the announcement of South Africa's World Cup squad on Tuesday, there was talk that Mujati could be a surprise inclusion.

In the last eight months, the big prop forward has gained a tremendous support base at his club with cries of "Mooooooooj!" often emanating from the stands when he touches the ball.

Since joining Saints, Mujati has established himself as one of the best tightheads in world rugby, but issues revolving around his passport took him out the running as a real contender for the World Cup squad.


  • Gomez - 2011-08-27 18:00

    Steven Sykes and Heinke van der Merwe...please grow up!!

      Grayman - 2011-08-27 18:49

      Build a bridge and get over it!

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-08-27 22:45

      Only on this site would a comment like yours get so many thumb downs! Seems like a lot more people need to grow up

      Assegaai - 2011-08-28 01:04

      @ Veld66 "Irish people are clean, smart, intelligent & respectful" What side of Ireland are you on or are you on one of the islands?They some of the biggest racist I've ever met.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 05:01

      "On the night of 12 December 2003, one of my workers who had been with me for 12 years was called by Mujati and accused of being a 'sell out'. He was beaten, tied up in a net and dumped into the swimming pool. He was lucky to survive. Another one of my workers who was looking after my cattle was subjected to threats and had to flee. He later returned to carry on with his work."

      Figuerro - 2011-08-28 08:33

      @Gomez - Are you then accusing him of making it up ?? We blacks have to endure a daily existence of being called all sorts of nasty names and snide remarks. SA whities consider themselves the epitome of what God intended human beings to be and everyone else to be way below that level. They emigrate to other countries with kind of behaviour and they react with shock when they discover other white people treating black with the dignity they deserve.

      Netherlander - 2011-08-28 09:00

      Brian... Call MNET...THEY CARE!

      chappy - 2011-08-28 09:14

      @ Figuerro:... Wow... you really need to travel and see the reality of the utopia you have created in your mind.

      Great White - 2011-08-28 09:50

      Mujati, you're just a cry baby. Sort your probs out without mouthing off on FB. Seems you're just an attention seeker, pulling the race card. Whatever happened to 'sticks and stones...' Name calling has been around forever, it's just people like you that take advantage of the new PC environment to bolster their fragile image.

      umhlopo - 2011-08-28 09:59

      we often get called cockoraches,this doesnt make the headlines,Mujati should look in the mirror

      Corms - 2011-08-28 13:06

      Some if not most of the attitudes shown on this forum go a long way towards explaining why these two are alleged to have made racist comments.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-27 18:01


      slg - 2011-08-28 07:12

      It's not necessarily racist. It is demeaning though.

  • AlrightyThen - 2011-08-27 18:02

    Racism is a dead end street reserved for short sighted, small minded fools. Enough already! Lets get on with building a nation! Blacks are here to stay and whites are here to stay and there is nothing either side can do about it other than come to terms with it!

      Slapper - 2011-08-27 18:34

      If someone behaves in a specific manner, it is not racism to point out a comparison to that behavior, as long as the persons colour does not come into it. Alright then, I can call you a dimwit and I do not know what colour you are?

  • eddiedaveymusician - 2011-08-27 18:04

    Best advise is to proof them worng - don;t act like one!

      Met - 2011-08-28 11:22

      I am trying to establish his credentials to make this claim. It would also appear tat out of the scrum of 16, he was the ONLY one who heard it.

  • Met - 2011-08-27 18:05

    And Mujatis word is simply accepted. His father and family members are well known supporters of Robert Mugabe and have benefitted from seized farms. Maybe one should take what he says with a pinch of salt.

      Hilton H - 2011-08-27 18:12

      Judging by yours and Wilma's comments, I'm actually surprised you 2 managed to get through the entire article - intelligence and literacy don't seem to be your strong points.

      Met - 2011-08-27 18:59

      Incoherent mutterings. Out for the week-end?

      KanaMay - 2011-08-27 21:48

      Maybe those Afrikaans men did call Mujati something like `pampoen'?

      ricky.klopper - 2011-08-28 00:37

      This frustrates me. Shouldn't your first reaction to be shocked at the racism rather than assume that Mujati is lying? Please... Where does your apparent information about "His father and family members are well known supporters of Robert Mugabe and have benefitted from seized farms" come from?

      Met - 2011-08-28 05:41

      He ,himself, did not deny it. He said that he did not know that it had taken place, when presented with the facts.

      Ya Beauty! - 2011-08-28 10:51

      What has his dad have to do with him being racialyl abused, get over yourselves. If the guy was racially abused then its not acceptable.....

      umhlopo - 2011-08-28 14:05

      ask this lot what umlungu means

  • Wilma - 2011-08-27 18:05

    And how is that racist?

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-08-27 20:41

      Exactly what I want to know!

      Softy - 2011-08-27 23:05

      Hey hey huey.....please stick to playing the race card......

      Fats - 2011-08-28 11:14

      @Newton: Thanks for yet again prooving to all of us that blacks are way more racist than whites could ever dream off being!!

  • First48 - 2011-08-27 18:10

    IF this is what was said then both these players are complete idiots. However, Mujati stating "I wish them all the best with their careers." tells me that Mujati may have an axe to grind and I want to know more.

      Grazy - 2011-08-27 21:47

      No, they are not idiots if it is true that they have said that. If you can get your opponent angry, his concentration snap, win....simple.

  • kurtvs - 2011-08-27 18:13

    Why are the comments by these guys and the above comments not suprising.

      First48 - 2011-08-27 18:18

      What's wrong with my comment?

  • Slapper - 2011-08-27 18:29

    How is the word Baboon Racist? Is the same applicable to Moron, Imbecile, Clown? There was no mention of colour, just of mental capacity. Mujati needs to retaliate without pulling the race card.

      Bill - 2011-08-27 22:32

      Precisely @Slapper…We have to continually walk on egg shells in an attempt to avoid saying something that will be taken out of context and construed as racist! This incident is just one of those precise examples…! It is low self esteem and the inability to deal with or grasp a common “REAL” life situation that makes someone call the race card, more often than not, when it is used unjustifiably and sadly supported by so many…!

  • So What If.. - 2011-08-27 18:31

    Thanks to our goverment and their alliances (ANCYL, specifically) racism is alive and well. Sorry Brian, not your fault. You need to chat with Malema...

      Mark Stevenson - 2011-08-28 00:03

      Yip and we hear the words WHITE and Lilly WHITE etc all the time , you don't hear us shouting rascism all the time! GROW UP!

  • feppie - 2011-08-27 18:36

    Good for exposing these closet racists! btw - only racists will ask questions like " how is this racism" ?

      Softy - 2011-08-27 18:39

      feppie......mujati played the racecard..........hes the racist

      Grayman - 2011-08-27 18:56

      OK feppie, can you explain the racism behind the comments and the sledging that goes on? Next thing he will be complaining that a white man tackled him. This is RUGBY. A game played where full physical contact is part of the game. The inner workings of the scrum is a sub culture that non-forwards are not privvy to. If Mujati can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

      Master debat - 2011-08-27 19:09

      Sad day in SA when people try to justify racism. Just read the comments here on this page and in forums on this site in general.

      GetReal - 2011-08-27 19:09

      oh feppie, get a life you big fat hippo!

      Mags_24 - 2011-08-27 21:35

      @softy...bwhahahahahahaah.... i have heard that one before on many rugby forums. white man makes a racist remark, black man says something about it and he is the racist.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 04:56

      His father seized farms from white farmers in Zimbabwe. Google Joseph Mujati. "Nothing has changed Brian Mujati says". That is now a racist statement there. He comes from a family that act even more racist.

      OZNOB - 2011-08-28 06:59

      just because mujati is a racist he must not presume that everyone else is too

      Mags_24 - 2011-08-28 07:42

      @Nasdaq7 - if he is a racist because his father took a farm, then you are a racist because your father voted for the NP. So don't complain when u get judged for your fathers deeds. so "Nothing has changed" is now racist? really now(and yes i did read that blog that you are referring too). it really amazes me how racists and their supporters grasp at straws when they get called on their racism. then everyone and everything else is racist except them.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 14:33

      Mags_24 A lot in South Africa has changed. He is a racist that can't see the change. That is why he insists there is no change.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 14:43

      "After the story, Joseph Mujati allegedly twice threatened him over the phone, prompting Martin to take his family into hiding."

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 14:51

      "Before long Mujati sent a truckload of thugs to tell Martin to stop bothering him or else he’d be “dealt with” and the house in which he had found refuge would be burnt down."

      Mags_24 - 2011-08-28 15:24

      @nasdaq - really. the picture on the front of the cape times says differently and all the justifications on forums for why its ok seem to say differently.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 16:07

      What Brian Mujati should do is distance himself publicly from the acts of his father.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-08-27 18:44


  • letsee - 2011-08-27 18:47

    It maybe that "white" societies are better organized but that doesn't make individuals better or worst.

  • Alan - 2011-08-27 18:50

    Why does the media believe every accusation of racism? No mention of it being nothing more than an unsubstantiated allegation. Perhaps he's lying???? Never forget, the whites voted to end apartheid. Others seem very enthusiastic about apartheid in reverse

      Mark Stevenson - 2011-08-28 00:21

      MMM Yes Debat, you are wrong and have no idea about history. When we vote for the end of apartheid there were NO BLACKS involved in the voting of it so NO we were not out numbered and it was the WHITES who voted for it to end! And nobody VOTED for apartheid. It was a new policy that both parties at the time suggested. In the same way that the ANC have a policy of WE will kill white farmers and take their farms and then pretend we know nothing about it and are against it. Please learn some history before you talk rubbish or pretend to know something! Why did it take so long? After reading some of your Borthers comments above against females and having total disrespect for other humans I think you know the answer to your own question.

      Master debat - 2011-08-28 09:09

      Haha Mark Stevenson you do not sound educated at all ! How is that possible you had such a head start. Maybe you should think before you write. I made general comments and could not get into real details in this forum, but let me make it a bit more clear for you, you voted for the National Party and its policies (even the HNP before that) so you voted for apartheid. As to your so called 'whites-only referendum' are you going to tell me that that was not due to national and international pressure ? Educate yourself you fool and stop making claims with no proof. I oppose farm murders and I am proud to say it out in public. I was not happy with the way thing are being run by the ANC so these last elections I did not vote for them. How about you ?

  • bluefox5401 - 2011-08-27 18:54

    They did a great job of taking his mind off the game. Thats the only reason they would have said that comment. Sport is just as much as a mental game as it is a physical game. They made him angry and were hoping it would effect his game negatively. Looking at it they probably respected him as a great player therefore targeted him. If anyone must grow up, it is the player that cant leave the game on the feild. Thats where its played thats where it must stay.

  • Serias - 2011-08-27 18:55

    So what if im called a white pig? Doesnt bother me a bit, so Mujati grow up, you looking for sympathy. Heinke and Steven, grow up, you are acting like schoolkids.

  • BryanJhb - 2011-08-27 19:05

    I recall an incident where a Irish player (?) was blowing kisses at Bakkies. Are we then to believe that the Irish player was in love with Bakkies????

  • Craig - 2011-08-27 19:07

    Ay yay yay... so what! It’s a foregone conclusion that there will be chirping in the scrum. Anything to rattle the opposing team. We did it all the time especially when an English school played and Afrikaans school. Did we go running home to our mummies or the media crying... aww he called me a Rooinek or he made a thing about me calling him a Dutchman... Grow up man... Just now you’ will be crying racist cos a ‘white’ tackled you too hard... errrr... maybe... it was cos you were the ball carrier at the time... duh...!... sheesh...!

  • Heinrich - 2011-08-27 19:14

    I forgot all about Brian Mujati until now?! Great publicity stunt bro, if only you used something more creative than the race card!!!

  • vaughn.l.jacobs - 2011-08-27 19:14

    ...maybe to call him A$$-HOLE would be better, that would not be racism but gamesmanship, just don't call him BLACK A-HOLE.......then you in trouble again

  • Mark - 2011-08-27 19:19

    In Europe, if a politician or any member of the public makes a racist remark, they are fired or forced to resign or apoligise. In Africa when an racist (anti White) remark is uttered, it is regarded as nationalism and not racism.The person making the remark (eg Malema & others) are regarded as a hero"s and cheered by thousands.

  • Nikki - 2011-08-27 19:22

    @ Master's an even sadder day when people look for reasons to create racial tension and make a racial mountain out of a mole-heap. Brian should have left it on the field and out of our lives...look at all the comments again and see the racial friction his not very well thought through Twitter nonsense has caused....

      Softy - 2011-08-27 22:27

      Huey....get a job.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-28 12:20

      @HueyPNewton - Uhhh... because that is what is expected of whites if you haven't noticed. Maybe if you take some time off from your liberal, hand-wringing you might realise the double standard going on.

  • JoeErsk - 2011-08-27 19:23

    Mujati must think he looks like a Baboon, only reason why he would feel offended!!!!

  • realist - 2011-08-27 19:36

    When you look at the picture I agree. Amazing resemblance.

  • Bill - 2011-08-27 19:37

    sykes and van merwe are behaving like bafoons, if the allegations are true. but then mujati must grow up as well and throw away the chip on his shoulder because he is black.mujati,have some positive regard that is intrinsically motivated and not dependant upon extrinsic recognition. democracy as it is ito majority is a fallacy. africa is a brilliant example thereof. survival of the fittest is what will count until the end of times. intellectual, cultural, emotional and above all spiritual fitness. prejudice will always be there. we choose to be afffected by it, or not!. so mujati, irrespective of race, colour , creed , religion etc, show some emotional maturity and rise above the prejudice. if you thought you were smart, telling them to 'f$%ck off, you are making a mistake; you joined their ranks of depravity.

  • Jou - 2011-08-27 19:46

    AND ???? so frickn WHAT!!!

  • Jigaboo - 2011-08-27 19:47

    please don't talk to black people. they are too sensative and fragile. call me a white k@ff1r. see if i care.

  • SayWhat? - 2011-08-27 20:02

    What about your racist father Brian??

  • morecats - 2011-08-27 20:57

    Small waonder he was such a useless prop ....with him having to carry this huge chip on his shoulder! What an idiot!

  • R.Suppards - 2011-08-27 21:25

    Dry your eyes. THEN. Ready ,, Touch,, Engage,,. Then collect pay cheque. Then dry your eyes again.

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-08-27 21:35

    get over it...

  • Andy - 2011-08-27 21:38

    Went to school with Heinke and just can not see him saying something like this in a racist manner. Wonder what the real story is.

      Andy - 2011-08-28 17:18

      The fact that you use the word Dutchman says a lot about your orientation towards Afrikaners. So does that make you any better than other racists?

  • Awsum - 2011-08-27 21:59

    Mujati should have also called them red necks,or simply swine, pigs then it was goin to be an issue, where is the sportsmanship , no one has the right to call some1 names ryt ,

  • Jigaboo - 2011-08-27 22:08

    I am not wasting my time on these forums anymore as these moderators keep removing our posts. I can tell what colour they are by the posts allowed through like stupid huey.

      Softy - 2011-08-27 22:18

      HueyPNewton........youre the sad reality of racist want no whites ....therefore no taxes.......nothing left to steal......where to then Huey?.....Zimbabwe? Uganda?Zambia?......or back to to the bush with a bone through your nose?......

      Softy - 2011-08-27 22:49 those countries are bankrupt just like the rest of Black africa...........the begging bowl of the world because of the theiving corrupt blacks.......not racist just undeniable Facts.

      Jigaboo - 2011-08-27 22:50

      @Huey They say never argue with a fool. I am scared to argue with will drag me down to your level and beat me with experience!!

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-28 12:29

      @HueyPNewton - I love it when you just prove our point. You and the rest of the blacks in Africa are so racist you can barely breath. Any and all complaints by yourself of racism by whites is bs. "dutchman", "cracker" etc - so where are all the white handwringers? Veld666 and the rest? Got anything to say about HueyP*** here? Nah, of course not, rather attack your own kind. You lot are as pathetic as thie Huey that would prefer to go back to the dark ages as long as he gets to drive all whites from Africa.

  • daBeast - 2011-08-27 22:11

    @ Master debat...hahahah you fu...cking African Gorrilla.... Mujati aint South African so why mention south africa... you dumb loser hahahah!!! another bush net warrior.huh... go change you mind mechanically your nostrils are sure big enough!!!

  • kk - 2011-08-27 22:27

    some of the comments make me sick

  • Crums - 2011-08-27 22:48

    Who cares!?

  • Jack - 2011-08-27 22:58

    Mujati's father is one of Mugabe's henchmen and benefits from the repression of the poor people of that country.

      Softy - 2011-08-27 23:30

      Jack please man .....Mujati was an affirmative action player.....he was there because he was black and not because he was the best.....reverse racism.......but when Huey rules SA we wont need AA as it will be an all black team based on merit.

  • grunter.robertson - 2011-08-28 02:09

    mujati & his family in Zimbabwe are amongst the most racist people on earth. Dont worry.

  • john smith - 2011-08-28 02:18

    cant believe it--- that people still today with all the laws in place can be so cruel to innocent animals and insult them with this comparason.

  • sipholess - 2011-08-28 03:22

    I think Brian's looking for some attention. Every time he recieves the ball from now on, everyone all at the same time shout......................ZIMBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON, ZIMBOOOOOOOOOOOOON.

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-08-28 04:33

    Disgusting if indeed true. No place anywhere in our society for comments such as that. If true they should be banned for a year without a salary. An investigation should be held. One thing that we are forgetting is that Mujati family are no angels themselves. He comes from a family that evicted Whites off their farms in Zimbabwe.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 04:42

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-28 07:33

    A chip on the shoulder indicates a block of wood higher up - the remarks were intended like chirping/sledging in cricket to distract the persons from his concentration- they succeeded only too well

  • Bonzer - 2011-08-28 07:49

    When whitey gives black a skeef look he is racist, but when blacks murder whites and write in blood on the walls of their homes "kill the whites" then that is not racist! SA is one messed up place.

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-08-28 08:09

    These are allegations, not proof of anything.

  • DanG - 2011-08-28 08:23

    Racism is alive and well, but not only name calling are symptoms of racism, torture, rape and murder are also symptoms of racism.

  • Sunray33 - 2011-08-28 09:03

    Was'nt Mujati's family responsible for kicking off so many farmers in Zim so they could take over the farms themselves ??

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-08-28 09:07

    Shame, did baby cry?

  • Johan - 2011-08-28 09:18

    The truth hurts!!!!