Police clerk faces probe for ‘teach whites a lesson’ hate speech

2011-12-13 00:00

“WHEN the Black Messiah (NM) dies, we will teach the whites a lesson. We will commit genocide on them. I hate whites.”

These words of a policeman on the Facebook page of suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema have led to an internal inquiry against him.

National police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao has confirmed that Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, head of the forensic laboratory services and criminal records centre, has ordered that an internal inquiry be conducted against Juda Dagane.

On his Facebook page Dagane describes himself as a forensic analyst/investigator in the police services.

Adriao said Dagane is in fact a clerk in the police forensic department in Gauteng.

Institute for Security Studies senior researcher Dr Johan Burger said he is pleased that the police are investigating the matter, because besides the fact that what Dagane has posted on Facebook is hate speech it also contravenes police regulations.

On November 19 Dagane wrote on Malema’s page that “Black apartheid” should be instituted, that genocide should be committed against whites and that he hates whites.

“Whites have no ROOM in our heart and mind. Viva MALEMA,” Dagane wrote.

In his last wall post, on December 7, Dagane wrote: “Who said a policeman can’t be political? I am a staunch supporter and card-carrying member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The police act allows it.”

Burger said that according to police regulations a police officer can belong to any political party.

“If the member has identified himself as a member of the police on Facebook his actions may not contravene police prescriptions,” Burger said.

“A police officer cannot make such pronouncements, because they clearly constitute hate speech.

“According to police regulations, a police member is free to belong to any party, but he may not hold public office in a political party or make any public political pronouncements.

“When such pronouncements are made on Facebook they are public pronouncements.”

Dagane has not responded to any inquiries.

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