Hibiscus director in trouble over ‘racist’ text messages

2011-04-12 00:00

AN alleged racial outburst by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) director of protection services, Victor Chetty has caused a national outcry.

A prominent Sunday newspaper ran the story over the weekend, which revealed that Chetty is being investigated for calling his staff “white f*cks” and “monkeys”.

The outburst — allegedly sent as SMSes containing racial slurs to his staff members — has caused an outcry from readers on timeslive.co.za, many of whom expressed their disapproval at what the senior municipal official is reported to have said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the Port Shepstone police confirmed that a case of crimen injuria is being investigated.

It is believed that police are in possession of a document, compiled by municipal staff, that accuses Chetty of victimising them while being verbally abusive.

“Nobody has been charged yet and we are currently busy with the investigation,” said Wiid.

This is not the first time that Chetty has been the subject of such a controversy. It was reported in the media last year that his staff accused him of being rude and of belittling them in front of their colleagues.

Chetty’s attorney, Larry Seethal, told The Witness that he is unable to talk about the specifics of the allegation because of the sub judice rule.

“I want to appeal to members of the public to let the due process of the law run its course.

“Only then will we know which consequences, if any, there will be concerning the alleged conduct of Mr Chetty,” said Seethal.

The HCM’s senior manager of communications and mayoralty, Simon Soboyisa, has confirmed that the issue is being taken extremely seriously by the HCM.

“We will get to the bottom of the matter,” he added. — Witness Reporter.

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