HBCA lays racism complaint

2016-12-06 06:01

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The Hout Bay Civic Association (HBCA) has laid a criminal complaint of racism against a Cape Town resident for a comment she made on Facebook over the weekend.

Roscoe Jacobs, secretary of the HBCA, says the complaint was lodged at Hout Bay police station yesterday.

Hartley wrote on her Facebook page: “They like stupid animals. We should tie them to a rope. To many Africans flocking to Hout Bay. Draw up a petition. Soon there will be nothing left of Hout Bay.”

When two of her friends commented on her post, saying her post was racist, she replied: “I don’t see that stating there mere term ‘African’ is racist!! What has become of freedom of speech?? Why do we have to go down this road.”

Jacobs says they strongly condemn her comments.

“The HBCA urges parliament to fasttrack the law which will enable racists like Hart­ley to be imprisoned and face the full might of the law. Such comments are anti-democratic and divide society on the lines of races. It creates a perception that white people are racist and that is not a true reflection. Such comments can’t be defended nor explained,” he says.

Jacobs adds that opening a case over such comments allows them to address issues which have been buried by society.

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