Sanco demands tough action against 'holocaust incitement'

2016-01-07 16:13


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Cape Town -  Sanco on Thursday condemned Velaphi Khumalo's "holocaust incitement", while the DA welcomed his employer’s swift action.

"Tougher action needs to be taken against those who are abusing social media platforms to rekindle the destructive forces of racism, anti-semitism, intolerance, racial polarisation and hatred," South African National Civic Organisation spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.

Khumalo, a Gauteng sports, arts, culture and recreation department employee, wrote on Facebook earlier this month that black South Africans should do to white people what "Hitler did to the Jews".

His comments were part of the reaction to KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Penny Sparrow’s Facebook post in which she compared black New Year’s revellers on the country’s beaches to monkeys.

There was no place for such "leprous racists" in a non-racial, non-sexist, united, and democratic South Africa, Mahlangu said of Khumalo’s post.

The DA in Gauteng praised the department for starting an internal disciplinary process against Khumalo. The party's Gauteng arts and culture spokesperson Paul Willemburg said he was heartened by MEC Faith Mazibuko’s action, as her department’s key mandate was nation building and social cohesion.

He said racism had no place in a democratic South Africa.

The department has distanced itself from Khumalo’s "barbaric and racist" remarks. A charge of crimen injuria has been laid against him. The SA Jewish Board of Deputies said it intended to lay a complaint against him with the SA Human Rights Commission.

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