Gauteng government employee suspended over 'racist' comments

Velaphi Khumalo has been suspended with immediate effect for posting what the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation called “barbaric and racist utterances”. Photo: Facebook / Spotlighting SA

PRETORIA - The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has suspended an employee with immediate effect for posting what it called “barbaric and racist utterances”, the department said in a statement on Friday.

A sports promotion officer based at the department’s offices in Soweto, Velaphi Khumalo, took to social media and posted that he wanted to “cleanse” South Africa of all white people.

“We must act as Hitler did to the Jews. I don’t believe anymore that the [sic] is a large number of not so racist white [sic] people. I’m starting to be skeptical even of those within our Movement the ANC. I will from today [Monday] unfriend all white people I have as friends from today you must be put under the same blanket as any other racist white because secretly you [sic] all a bunch of racist f*ck heads. as we have already seen. [sic] ” he posted on Facebook.

The department said that allegations levelled against him were viewed to be of a serious nature and that his suspension would take place with immediate effect.

“The department will follow due processes in finalising the matter.”

Khumalo’s post followed a series of controversial posts on social media – one made by KwaZulu-Natal realtor Penny Sparrow, and another by Standard Bank investment strategist Chris Hart. Their posts were deemed racist and sparked outrage on social media.

African News Agency

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