Kathrada Foundation condemns racist comments

Gauteng Sports, Arts and Culture Department employee Velaphi Khumalo is in hot water following his racist remarks on Facebook. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has condemned comments made by Gauteng government employee and those made by realtor Penny Sparrow.

Earlier this week, Sparrow referred to black people who visited Durban's beaches on New Year's day as monkeys in a Facebook post.

Her comments and her subsequent apology were condemned as racist and demeaning.

 

Now Gauteng Sports, Arts and Culture Department employee Velaphi Khumalo is in hot water following his racist remarks on Facebook.

In his post, he says he hates "all white people and wants to cleanse the country of whites, just as Hitler tried to do with Jews".

The department says its social media policy for employees is clear on these matters.

It says internal processes are underway to address the matter.

"We view this matter in a very serious light and of course it goes against what we stand for, firstly as a government, but secondly as the Gauteng provincial government.

"We are the only department that has been mandated to lead on issues of social cohesion as well as nation building," said department spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana.

Kathrada Foundation concerned

Following the comments, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation released a statement condemning Khumalo's statements. 

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada fought Apartheid alongside Nelson Mandela and was imprisoned at Robben Island. 

"It is outrageous that Khumalo can invoke the horrors of the Holocaust, adding that it should be repeated - implying that white South Africans must be killed in a similar manner. This is clearly a case of hate speech," the statement read. 

The foundation said there was no space for racists in the public service.

"Public servants are meant to serve everyone, irrespective of race.  If Khumalo believes that white people should be 'cleansed' from South Africa, then he clearly should not be working as a public servant. There is no place for racists within the public service," the foundation said. 

In another statement released earlier this week, the foundation expressed concern about Sparrow's comments and those of economist Chris Hart, who had also come under fire. 

"We must recall the struggle to open our beaches to all during the 80s and cannot pander to the views of people who seek to take us back to separate beaches and other facilities. There will be no going back to that era," the organisation said. 

"Those who continue advocating these conservative, racist views must be challenged and penalised through our Equality Courts." 

 

 

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