SANCO CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOKER FOR RACIAL COMMENTS

SANCO CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOKER FOR RACIAL COMMENTS

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-SANCO CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOKER FOR RACIAL COMMENTS

-The facebooker who allegedly racially abused South African Sports minister is due to be prosecuted by South African authorities

SANCO CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOKER FOR RACIAL COMMENTS

Officials of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) have joined in condemning a racist Facebook rant allegedly penned by Facebook user Matthew Theunissen, News24 reported

SANCO has called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to probe the remarks which pass for hate speech after the remark sparked anger on social media platforms.

This reportedly follows Theunissen’s remark regarding Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s decision to suspend the privileges of sports federations from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation.

SOUTH AFRICA's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula
SOUTH AFRICA’s Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula

In a Facebook post on his account, Theunissen wrote: “So no more sporting events for South Africa.. I’ve never been more proud than to say our government are a bunch of KAFFIRS.. yes I said it so go fuck yourselves you black fucking cunts”.

SANCO spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said, “such offensive racial outbursts not only undermine reconciliation, nation building and social cohesion but are abhorrent, provocative and polarize racial relation.

To Mahlangu, it was shocking that there could be young professionals who have embraced racial prejudice and hatred.

He like ought to be blacklisted by all individuals and organisations that support non-racialism and the register be accessible to embassies for screening during visa applications,” he said.

SANCO CALLS FOR PROSECUTION OF FACEBOOKER FOR RACIAL COMMENTS

The date and time of the post watr not immediately clear after it appeared his Facebook profile was no longer active.

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According to News24, his comment has sparked anger across social media platforms with some calling for government to take strong action against him, while others have managed to find his CV containing personal details and have threatened to find him and take matters into their own hands.

Information on the CV has it that the 26-year-old lives in Cape Town, has a master’s degree in environmental management from Stellenbosch University and currently works in water resource management.

Attempts to contact Theunissen have however unsuccessful.