The offending series of tweets read as follows:
- Much to learn from Singapore, colonised for as long as SA, and under brutal occupation in WW2. Can we apply the lessons in our democracy?
- Singapore had no natural resources and 50 years ago was poorer than most African countries. Now they soar. What are the lessons?
- I think Singapore lessons are: 1) Meritocracy; 2) multiculturalism; 3) work ethic; 4) open to globalism; 4) English. 5) Future orientation.
- Other reasons for Singapore's success: Parents take responsibility for children, and build on valuable aspects of colonial heritage.
- For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc.
- Would we have had a transition into specialised health care and medication without colonial influence? Just be honest, please.
- Getting onto an aeroplane now and won't get onto the wi-fi so that I can cut off those who think EVERY aspect of colonial legacy was bad.