On Facebook yesterday he said white people, “supported by fellow non-whites”, had started a petition to have his Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University withdrawn.
“White people have started another separate campaign to have me expelled from Oxford University,” he posted. “White people have indicated their intention to lodge a hate speech campaign with the SA Human Rights Commission. I can’t wait for it to be honest!”
Qwabe said he was unavailable for an interview until today. His Facebook post about the tipping incident came to light on Friday.
He related how, when waitress Ashleigh Schultz presented the bill, his friend Wandile Dlamini wrote in the space for a gratuity: “We will give tip when you return the land.”
On Facebook, Qwabe bragged that: “She see the note & starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request? Lol!) [sic].”
Speaking to The Times, University of Cape Town RMF leader Chumani Maxwele said: “The reality of the matter is that the language of ‘return the land’ has gained political currency among younger future leaders of this country.
“The sin of Qwabe was to perform public spectacle politics by posting this incident on his Facebook page in the way in which he did.”
Schultz’s encounter with Qwabe at Obz Café hasn’t only brought her a R140000 “tip” – it has generated a windfall for her workplace.
Obz Café manager Rosco Arendse said: “A lot of people have been coming in because of the incident, it’s been good on our side.”
In an interview last night with The Renegade Report on CliffCentral, Schultz, 23, said she would use the money to finance her studies.
The R140000 “tip” was generated from two fundraising campaigns – the first raised nearly R45000 via Twitter and the second, viagofundme.com, raised about R95,000.