Facebook and Twitter users could be fired for posting racist comments
Government has issued a stern warning to people that post racist updates on Twitter and Facebook. This comes after racial rants by the likes of Penny Sparrow, Phillip Roodt who both called beachgoers cockroaches & monkeys respectively, Vicky Momberg called black police Kaffir & arrogant, useless and colonial denial Western Cape premier Helen Zille.
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Government says it incites social tensions and it undermines nation building.
Acting Government Communication Information Systems (GCIS) Director General, Donald Liphoko, said; “It is unfortunate that such comments follow hot on the heels of the country commemorating Human Rights Day. Government will actively pursue offenders through all available mechanisms including confronting employers and will not allow incidents of racism to define us”.
The state says they’ll do everything possible to rid the country of this ill. “What we do in defense of our country today will define who we are as a country in the future.” Liphoko continued.
Speaking at the Human rights commemoration in King Williamn’s Town President Jacob Zuma said
“the ideology of racism remains firmly entrenched among some in our population, and it represents one of the most despicable human rights violations.”
In cases similar to that of Sodwana Bay guest house who told black prospective customers that he doesn’t accommodate them and that of former Miss South Africa Bokang Montjane-Shabalala Or Rethabile Mlotshwa who was shoved into a coffin by Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, government says victims can seek recourse by opening a case at police stations, or at South African Human Rights Commission and Equality Courts.
The Department of Justice is finalising the prevention and combating of hate crimes and hate speech Bill which will criminalize racism.