The FW De Klerk Foundation has submitted a complaint about racist comments on social media to the SA Human Rights Commission. It names 45 people and asks that the commission take action against them.
JOHANNESBURG - The FW De Klerk Foundation has submitted a complaint to the Human Rights Commission concerning 45 social media posts seen to be inciting "extreme violence" against white South Africans.
The Foundation says the posts constitute hurtful, racist remarks, adding that its analysis of Facebook and Twitter messages show that the most virulent and dangerous racism originates from disaffected black South Africans.
Dave Steward, Executive Director of the FW de Klerk Foundation, says the posts violates the South African Constitution.
FWdeKlerk Foundation says these 45 statements are riddled with "threats to kill all whites- including children; to rape white women"— Theresa Taylor (@TheresaTaylorZA) January 15, 2016
According to a media statement, the Foundation cites the following sections of the Constitution:
"Section 16(1) of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to freedom of expression and section 16(2) adds that this right does not extend to propaganda for war; to Incitement to imminent violence; or to advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.
Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prohibition of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA), which deals with hate speech, states that "no person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could be construed to be hurtful; to be harmful or to incite harm; or to promote or propagate hatred.”
The Foundation wants the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to take steps to "secure appropriate redress where human rights have been violated."
It also wants the SAHRC to refer posts that incite the killing of people to the National Director of Public Prosecutions.