We won’t make any more public statements on racism complaints - SAHRC

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Bloemfontein – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has said that due to the magnitude of race complaints it had received since last week, they would not divulge further information regarding their investigations.

Spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the SAHRC would not make any public statements on the matter.

"We need to focus our energy on addressing the complaints received and to ensure that we don’t compromise the investigation of the complaints in any way," Mangena said.

He said they would address the media at a later stage.

Several complaints have been laid since the beginning of the year when estate agent Penny Sparrow and others, including Standard Bank economist Chris Hart, were called out for racist comments on social media platforms.

Sparrow had taken to Facebook and described black beachgoers as "monkeys", in an apparent reaction to litter left after New Year’s celebrations.

There has been an angry reaction to her statement across social media platforms.

Hart was suspended after he tweeted: "More than 25 years after apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities."

He later apologised, saying the tweet was taken out of context. "[It was] meant to be read in context of slow growth," he tweeted.

A woman employed for just two days with a Cape Town-based advertising and recruitment agency was also fired after her racist comments.

Social media exploded when Nicole de Klerk, who had just been hired by The Talent Boom, allegedly called guests at the Queen's Plate horseracing event "k*****s".

This allegedly took place during an altercation over a chair.

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