DA reporting far-right groups to HRC

2012-06-03 22:51
Delmas murder protest. (Deaan Vivier, Beeld) )

Delmas murder protest. (Deaan Vivier, Beeld) )

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Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance in Mpumalanga said on Sunday it would report several far-right groups to the Human Rights Commission.

This followed a protest in Delmas on Thursday against the murder of a Delmas day mother, Margrietha de Goede, 66, and 5-month-old baby Wiehan Botes.

Posters displayed slogans reading: “Black cowards – leave our women and children alone”, “Steal, rape, murder: We are finished with Black South Africa” and “Barbarians leave our children alone”, the DA said in a statement.

"We believe that these inflammatory slogans run against the Bill of Rights," said DA spokesperson Anthony Benadie.

They also contradicted the constitutional imperative that “no person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone [on the grounds of race]”, he said.

The party would report Die Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad, Volksraad Verkiesings Kommissie (VVK), Die Verkenners, Republikeinse Vrouebeweging, Kommandokorps, Herstigte Nasionale Party (HNP) and the Afrikaner Weerstandsbewiging (AWB) to the Human Rights Commission on Monday.

"Tragic incidents" such as the double murder should never be used as a tool for the promotion of hateful and discriminatory ideologies, Benadie said.

South Africans concerned about crime should instead call for specialised crime-fighting units to be set up within the police force.

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