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‘Racist Facebook ranter must be investigated’

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The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) joined the chorus of condemnation against a racist Facebook rant allegedly penned by Facebook user Matthew Theunissen.

Sanco has called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to probe hate speech after the remark sparked anger on social media platforms.

This follows Theunissen’s remark regarding Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s decision to suspend the privileges of sports federations from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation.

In a Facebook post on his account, Theunissen wrote: “So no more sporting events for South Africa.. I’ve never been more proud than to say our government are a bunch of KAFFIRS.. yes I said it so go fuck yourselves you black fucking cunts”.

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“Such offensive racial outbursts not only undermine reconciliation, nation building and social cohesion but are abhorrent, provocative and polarise racial relation,” Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.

Mahlangu described it as shocking that there are young professionals who have embraced racial prejudice and hatred.

“He ought to be blacklisted by all individuals and organisations that support non-racialism and the register be accessible to embassies for screening during visa applications,” he said.

Twitter fury

Theunissen set Twitter ablaze following the remark.

It was not immediately clear when he had written the post as his Facebook profile was no longer active.

His comment has sparked anger across social media platforms with some calling for government to take strong action against him, while others have managed to find his CV containing personal details and have threatened to find him and take matters into their own hands.

According to the CV, the 26-year-old lives in Cape Town, has a master’s degree in environmental management from Stellenbosch University and currently works in water resource management.

Attempts to contact Theunissen were unsuccessful.

[Source: News24]
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