Simelane will continue to 'raise issues'

2011-09-06 22:45

Johannesburg - National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane will continue to raise issues that reflect society, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

"Racism is one of those issues that he strongly feels the whole country should debate in an endeavour to eradicate it," Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.

"Robust debate on such hard issues is an ingredient of a live and thriving democracy and this is a right that is enshrined in our Constitution."

The SA Institute of Race Relations recently laid a complaint of racism with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about comments made by Simelane in the Sunday Times. The institute said Simelane's comments could incite racial hatred and unfairly discriminated against whites.

SAIRR deputy CEO Frans Cronje asked the commission to investigate the comments and secure appropriate redress.

The Sunday Times quoted Simelane as saying it was a fact that in all, if not most, of "these crimes", blacks were the victims.

"It is also a fact that the perpetrators are mostly white men. Our courts are full of people like these."

He called for the introduction of race crime legislation and greater policing of social networking websites.

Until race legislation was enacted, South Africa would continue to have crimes where race remained a major fact, Simelane said.

His comments related to a picture posted on the social media website Facebook of a black boy lying down, with a white man kneeling next to him holding a rifle.

Mhaga said Simelane had been responding to questions posed by the newspaper relating to comments he had made on social networking site Twitter.

"The NDPP tweets to communicate legal positions on various issues that relate to NPA business," he said.

"Upon official notification and receipt of the said complaint, he [Simelane] will study and consider it before responding, if it is necessary to respond," said Mhaga.

SAHRC spokesperson Vincent Moaga said the complaint was received on Monday.

"It will be put through our complaint assessment process to determine the best way of dealing with it."

  • aquinas - 2011-09-07 05:09

    Shouldn't this civil servant apply his meagre talents to his job, to prosecute criminals?

      Met - 2011-09-07 05:30

      He has absolutely NO talent or professional ability and was appointed for no other reason as being a crony of Zuma.

      Stoutgat - 2011-09-07 06:00

      Talent? He's a racist cadre moron, an incompetent w..nker who only occupies his post because he is black. Go and sweep streets, you racist a..sshole

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-09-07 14:17

      the above comments by "Met and Stoutgat" confirms my previous comment...

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-07 06:43

    Well why don't you biggots have your own society and we'll have ours. Sick of listening to your f**king whining and crying about discrimination. Apartheid afforded you the right to live in your own society and you weren't happy with that so what do you actually want? F... off and get a life idiot. I promise we won't get offended if you come out and say you're gonna give us our own land and tell us to get lost. You'll never have to see another "racist" again...go on, why don't you put it to the test.

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-09-07 14:18

      this one as well,

  • jen - 2011-09-07 06:57

    The term racist is totally abused. There is not only white on black racism, it works the other way too. Just read this blog for confirmation. To police social websites will be be against all constitutional rights and what people say there in amongst there friends should be private be it racist, sexist anti-government or whatever. It is human nature that some people will be racists, classists, homophobic or sexist and it will never go away. As long as they do not act on it. This a-hole that posted that pic for the world to see, was asking for trouble and to my mind it looks like he comes from a social class who most people won't socialise with.

  • Oom Kosie - 2011-09-07 07:00

    "all the perpetrators being white" I can think of one Poliodonkey who regularly visits this site!

      ANCYL4PRES - 2011-09-07 14:22

      that is no Fact, how do you know he or she is black as he or she claims, to me your comment does not confirm anything you assuming he or she is Black based on his or her post in this forum and have no proof.

  • Phlegm - 2011-09-07 07:54

    Interesting, so the courts are full of white men who pay young black models to pose in hunting trophy shots........sorry but anyone who wants to do this in my opinion is just plain f***ing stupid, but is it really a criminal act? Should the Director of Public Prosecutions even be granted space in the press to give his opinion on something like this, what does he have to say about the real crime that is ravaging our country? Chop

  • Lancet - 2011-09-07 08:19

    Has he likewise noticed that all the accused in farm murders are black men?

  • Terminusest - 2011-09-07 08:39

    Yet oddly enough, our invertebrate head of the NPA, still blocks any and all attempts to root out corruption amongst high-ranking politicians. Could it be because he got this job as a reward for stopping the arms deal investigation? Is he, as we all suspect, nothing more than an ANC chairwarmer protecting his investment in a corrupt president? Just more smoke and mirrors from another corrupt cadre to draw attention away from real issues, and get some political mileage.

  • ANGRYMAN - 2011-09-07 10:09

    More " Diversionary tactics. " Whilst the country continues to fall apart daily the focus is on this "racist fixation. "

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-07 11:06

    Now who is telling the truth here??? Jacob Zuma or Menzi Simelane???!!! Dumb government get your freaking statistics right!!! Stated in an article today by Zuma saying, President Jacob Zuma says South African prisons are full of black faces because black people in South Africa have no opportunities. “There are very few white prisoners, because they are busy doing business, but we have no opportunities. “Black people are unemployed and hungry and then end up in prison.” Do u numbskulls even know what's going on in your own backyard??? I think the truth or fact of the matter is that, most South Africans are a bunch of ungrateful lazy people!!! Look at the Zimbabweans, Somalians, they come to our country and whether you admit it or not, they work hard compared to many South African blacks!!! I'm not saying that there aren't hard working black South Africans, but many of S.A's black people are lazy!!! 1. Get a job. 2. Demand a ridiculous raise. 3. Strike, loot and destroy public property when you don't get the raise you bargained for. 4. In the government... No taxes are payed by the president, vice president, I'm sure many more officials. 5. With statements like Zuma's, he creates racial hatred, not thinking that there might be another way. If anybody hates or dislikes what I'm saying... Then F... off!!! Those of you agree, Thank You.

  • Badballie - 2011-09-07 13:56

    Yes Simelane lets talk about crime, let forget the picture which isn't of a crime other than in your own mind and deal with facts. 95% of all crime in this country is black on black, and black on white crime, your race and culture are out of control your government would be a joke if it wasn't so sad. Your policies actively prosecute whites, who for the record current float the country and government by providing in the region of 80% of all income generated through rates, taxes, VAT etc in this country, please speak up and stop the racist attitudes, attacks and ideology your government and political parties actively propagate against white on a daily basis. If you don't the downward spiral of this once great country will accelerate until we join the rest of Africa in the dust bowl of life. Failure by you and yours to redress what you know to be the persecution of white will ultimately lead to the bloodiest war in the history of the African continent, unfortunately for you by the time its over, you and your people will have been driven out of the southern tip of Africa.

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