M&G suspends trainee for hate speech

2011-06-17 08:03

 The Mail & Guardian has suspended an intern for posting an anti-Semitic comment on social networking site Facebook.

Ngoako Matsha, who had been a trainee since February 2011, called “all Jews” racists, adding, “no wonder Hitler killed all the Jews”, the Mail & Guardian Online reported.

This was in response to a posting by Facebook user Benji Shulman, who asked people to suggest a “basic decent history of apartheid”.

Matsha replied: “Petty apartheid is building tall walls to separate Israel from Palestines.”

To which Shulman said: “Thanks for that piece of pseudo-politics but I need something that will stand up to logical argument.”

Matsha then responded: “You racists! No wonder Hitler killed all the Jews, because you’re all a bunch of racists.”

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes was informed of the comment by a Twitter user.

He investigated and was informed that Matsha had confirmed that he made the statement.

Dawes said in an email to staff: “The remarks made on Facebook ... are fundamentally at odds with the most fundamental values of the Mail & Guardian, the Constitution, and basic human decency. Justifying the Holocaust in this fashion is hate speech and is completely unacceptable in any forum.”

The Mail & Guardian Online reported that Matsha was suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

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