22/08/2017 15:03 SAST | Updated 22/08/2017 15:03 SAST

7 Things High-Profile South Africans Said On Social Media That Landed Them in Hot Water

Explicit Content: From Helen Zille To Mabel Jansen.

Hellen Zille.
Hellen Zille.

South Africa as a democratic society allows its people to express themselves. Citizens can exercise their freedom of expression via social media or in any domain, as enshrined by our Constitution.

But sometimes you also need to know when to stay quiet, as can be seen by this sorry list of public figures who landed in big trouble for their controversial comments.

1. Helen Zille's colonialism tweets

She later apologized, saying she never intended to defend colonialism. She was later forced to step down from all decision-making structures from the DA.

2. Talk Radio 702: Comparing dogs and babies

Remember when 702 had the fun walk? Well, they tried to be a bit too cute when they compared babies of colour to dogs by tweeting 'Dog Vs Baby' whose cuter? They later apologised for the tweet.

3. Andrew Barnes mocks Angie Motshekga

Andrew Barnes was a news anchor for eNCA. He came under major scrutiny when he thought he was acting clever by mocking Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga over a word she could not pronounce.

He later apologised for his comments.

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4. The Hawks' McIntosh Polela's Jub Jub joke

Former Hawks Spokesperson McIntosh Polela lost his job following his irresponsible and disturbing comment he made on Twitter to Jub Jub following his prosecution.

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5. Standard Bank's Chris Hart on apartheid

Former Standard Bank economist Chris Hart found himself in a spot of bother following an insulting tweet which led to his resignation.

After Standard Bank suspended Hart, he later resigned and apologised for his tweets.

6. Judge Mabel Jansen on apartheid and colonialism

Judge Mabel Jansen took it to the extreme when she went on a Twitter rant and called out the previously disadvantaged.

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She continued:

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7. Penny Sparrow's monkey tweets

Not a high-profile South Africa, but when Sparrow posted those racial tweets it caused a national uproar.

She made things far worse when she justified her actions and said that she was merely "stating the facts".