De Lille calls on SAHRC to probe racist Facebook rant

2016-05-03 13:55
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (Tammy Petersen)

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille (Tammy Petersen)

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Cape Town – Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday called on the SA Human Rights Commission to investigate the "utterly despicable racist comments" made by Matthew Theunissen on Facebook.

She condemned the city resident’s remarks and said racism would not be tolerated.

"Matt Theunissen has to understand that racism is hurtful and we live in a democracy where we are all equal and no one can discriminate, disrespect or infringe on anyone’s rights or dignity.

"We cannot allow people to get away with making these derogatory remarks as there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book."

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said they had received a complaint from De Lille’s office.

In a post on his Facebook account at the weekend, 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".

It was not immediately clear when he had written the post as his Facebook profile was no longer active.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on April 25 that he had banned the country's cricket, rugby, netball and athletics bodies from bidding for, or hosting, major sporting events due to a lack of transformation. The decision would be reviewed next year.

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