Sanco condemns latest racist Facebook comments

JOHANNESBURG, 19 December 2016 - Social media users were enraged after another apparent racist rant went viral. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Monday called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate racist comments allegedly posted by a Sandton man on Facebook.

Ben Sasonof has now deleted his derogatory comment about a picture of a busy Durban beach.

He uses vulgar language to refer to President Jacob Zuma.

Several people responded to the post by calling him racist.

The young man has defended himself by saying that he's not racist because he dated a black girl.

He then went on to refer to one of his critics as a monkey.

Sanco spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said the organisations condemns in the strongest terms possible the alleged provocative insults which seek to rekindle racial hatred.

Sanco warned that unless the resurgence of racism is dealt harshly and perpetrators faced the wrath of the law, it will sow seeds of conflicts that have the potential to undermine reconciliation, unity, nation-building and social cohesion.

“Vitriolic and barbaric comments of this nature have no place in the united, non-racial, non-sexist, equal, prosperous and democratic society we are striving to build,” said Mahlangu.

Mahlangu said these comments reflect private conversations that are still taking place among those who are missing apartheid white privilege, domination and exclusive beaches for whites.

– Additional reporting: African News Agency


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