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SAHRC launches investigation into racist social media posts

The council says it is concerning that comments of this nature still appear in a democratic South Africa.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) logo. Picture: www.sahrc.org.za
Racism in South Africa,Penny Sparrow,South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC,Chris Hart
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it’s noted with great concern the alleged racist comments by Penny Sparrows, Chris Hart and Justin van Vuuren on social media, sparking outrage.

Sparrow has been trending on Twitter, with many angry South Africans sending her direct messages after she referred to black people as monkeys and expressed how disgusted she was to see them on the country’s beaches.

Van Vuuren posted a similar comment, expressing his disgust about the beach goers, calling them “animals”, the “scum of the nation” and telling them to go back to where they came from.

Economist Chris Hart has also been suspended by Standard Bank, after his comment on Twitter, which said “More than 25 years after apartheid ended - the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities”.

The commission says it’s launched an investigation into the comments, which could lead to further legal steps.

Spokesperson Dieketseng Diale says it is concerning that comments of this kind still appear 22 years into democracy.

“In the Bill of Rights, the right of human dignity needs to be respected. People need to know that it is a violation to say something like this about another person.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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