Khumalo tight-lipped over suspension for Facebook post

2016-01-08 11:22
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Johannesburg - Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation employee Velaphi Khumalo on Friday refused to comment following reports that he had been officially suspended from his post.

News24 contacted Khumalo, who after questioning how they had tracked him down, declined to comment.

"I will not comment on an internal issue. Contact the department spokesperson if you want a comment," was all he was prepared to say.

The department has confirmed that Khumalo was suspended following a meeting on Friday.

Khumalo made headlines after he called for black South Africans to do to white people what "Hitler did to the Jews" and cleanse the country of white people. 

"We must act as Hitler did to the Jews. I don’t believe any more that the is a large number of not so racist whit people . I’m starting to be sceptical even of those within our Movement the ANC. I will from today unfriend all white people I have as friends from today u must be put under the same blanket as any other racist white because secretly u all are a bunch of racist fuck heads. as we have already seen [all sic]," he wrote on his Facebook account.

At first, Khumalo was unapologetic about his post, but on Thursday, in an e-mail to News24, he begged for forgiveness, adding that he hoped the people of South Africa would find it in their hearts to forgive him.

"I would like to apologiese [sic] to the Gauteng government for my emotional comments that I made on a public platform. I further want to apologise to the ANC for the comments I made that do not reflect the ideologies of a democratic society that are our ideals," he wrote.

He admitted that his comments were offensive and "uncomfortable".

"I have seen firsthand what racism and oppression of any race can do to a country and would not want my son to grow up in such a society," Khumalo said.

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