eThekwini ANCYL lays charges against Sasonof for racist post

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File image of the African National Congress (ANC) flag during the party's door-to-door elections campaign on 05 July 2016 in Tshwane.

File image of the African National Congress (ANC) flag during the party's door-to-door elections campaign on 05 July 2016 in Tshwane.

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File image of the African National Congress (ANC) flag during the party's door-to-door elections campaign on 05 July 2016 in Tshwane.

File image of the African National Congress (ANC) flag during the party's door-to-door elections campaign on 05 July 2016 in Tshwane.

DURBAN – The ANC Youth League in eThekwini has laid a charge of crimen injuria against Ben Sasonof over his comments on social media.

The Sandton resident's offensive comments about black people on Durban beaches were posted over the weekend, sparking outrage.

Earlier this year, Durban estate agent Penny Sparrow caused a similar outcry for referring to black beachgoers as "monkeys".

READ: Equality Court clips Sparrow's wings

She was found guilty of hate speech and ordered to pay a fine or face a jail term.

The ANCYL in eThekwini thinks these incidents undermines the gains of democracy.

“For us is very sad it's quite alarming, when you see especially a young person making such remarks, 22 years into our democracy, we have celebrated a day of reconciliation where we are trying to bring the country closer together," said ANCYL eThekwini secretary, Thinta Cibane.

“It is rather unfortunate it then raises questions about morality and also more especially about if someone if able to write something like this on Facebook what are they saying with their family members at home what are they speaking with their friends.”