#VanessaHartley publicly shamed for 'racist' post

2016-12-05 18:03

Cape Town - Social media users again let rip at a woman who had apparently posted a racist post on a neighbourhood page on Facebook at the weekend.

A resident by the name of Vanessa Hartley posted on Sunday that there are "too many Africans flocking to Hout Bay" in Cape Town and also said "they are like stupid animals". Twitter users were naturally incensed:


According to a screengrab posted on Twitter, Harley apparently posted an apology on a Facebook page called Hout Bay Complete in which she stated that she had left her phone unattended at a bar.

Her apology has not brought about any sympathy, as Twitter uses continue to express their distaste for the racist remark.

According to Trendinalia ZA, #VanessaHartley is currently still one of the top five trending topics in South Africa. 

The ANC in the Western Cape has also laid a complaint against Harley with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and released a statement on the matter.

Many people have compared Harley to Penny Sparrow, who earlier this year made a similar racist remark in which she described black beachgoers as "monkeys". Similar to Hartley's case, the post went viral on social media and eventually led to a hefty fine by the Equality Court.

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