Student suspended for racist Facebook post

2012-05-08 14:26

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student who wrote a now infamous Facebook post has been suspended, the institution has confirmed.

Ken Sinclair posted that black people were “f*****g brain dead monkeys” who “always skinner (gossip) in their retarded language” two weeks ago on Facebook.

Sinclair is believed to have deactivated his account.

The post has led to his suspension by the institution, spokesperson Thamie Nkwanyane told City Press.

Sinclair was served with his suspension letter yesterday. The university has also launched an internal investigation.

Nkwanyane said Sinclair’s post was not reflective of the mindset of the majority of CPUT staff and students.

According to a well-placed source at CPUT, Sinclair is suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation and disciplinary hearing.

He is barred from attending classes and being on university premises until the investigation and his hearing are finalised.

Sinclair is said to have contravened the institution’s student rules and code of conduct.

Former newspaper columnist Pinky Khoabane has also laid a complaint against Sinclair’s post with the Human Rights Commission.

In another high profile social network outburst, Western Cape premier and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille may have to apologise again after youth activist Lukhona Mnguni laid a complaint with the commission last month.

Zille apologised on national television a few weeks ago.

On her Twitter page in March, Zille called Eastern Cape pupils who move to her province “education refugees” sparking an outcry.

Mnguni filed further representations with the commission yesterday.

He told City Press the commission asked him the recourse he seeks. “I want an open apology. She must apologise unreservedly through a written media statement,” he said.

Mnguni (23) said Zille must also apologise on Twitter for the comments, which he described as in bad taste and ill-informed.

Eastern Cape-born Mnguni said he had mixed responses to his complaint and that he was humbled by support from the white community.

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