Action over racist post

2018-06-06 16:00
Two crimen injuria cases against man for anti-Indian Facebook post.

Two crimen injuria cases against man for anti-Indian Facebook post. (File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Two cases of crimen injuria have been opened against a man who made anti-Indian comments on Facebook.

One of the cases was opened by Msunduzi Municipality ANC PR councillor Rachel Soobiah at the Mountain Rise police station at the weekend.

The second case was opened by ANC stalwart and prominent businessman Visvin Reddy at the Malvern police station.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said she could not comment further as the investigations were at a sensitive stage.

The anti-Indian Facebook post by Nkuleko Mkhize saying “We will kill them and they should go back to India”, has been making the rounds on social media.

He also wrote: “I think it is time to show Indians that they are not welcome here in KZN. A new day after Indians goes back to India or we will kill them like that girl shot in Chatsworth.”

Mkhize has since deleted his Facebook account.

Speaking to The Witness on Tuesday, Soobiah said: “Even if we are not sure who he is, the fact that there is a face to it, means he must be found and held accountable.”

Soobiah called for KZN Premier Willies Mchunu and crime intelligence to find Mkhize.

“Just like we did to Penny Sparrow when she made racial comments, the same thing must apply to Mkhize as well.

“We are born in South Africa, this is our home. We do not need people like Mkhize to divide us.”

Political parties have also condemned the statement.

IFP MP Narend Singh said it was unacceptable to call for the killing of anyone or any race.

“[This] shows his clear lack of understanding of our country’s political history. The IFP will take strong action against Mkhize. We will make an announcement in this regard this week.”

Premier Mchunu also condemned the “callous content” of the post.

“Steps are under way to identify the perpetrator and do the necessary to prosecute the person/s involved,” said Mchunu.

He urged citizens to desist from circulating divisive messages on social media.

“Fake news, in particular, serves only to destabilise our society. Across all our communities we must constantly work to deepen non-racialism, build unity and fight crime. We must not allow a small destructive element to divide our communities,” he said.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  racism

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

IT Manager (contract)

Cape Town CBD
Communicate Cape Town IT
R330 000.00 - R458 000.00 Per Year

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.