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Govt official in hot water over racist Facebook post

Velaphi Khumalo took to Facebook calling on black people to ‘do to white people what Hitler did to the Jews’.

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JOHANNESBURG – A government employee has deleted his Facebook account and is now facing disciplinary action after posting a racist comment.

Velaphi Khumalo who works at the Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation Department took to Facebook recently, where he called on black South Africans to do to white people what "Hitler did to the Jews" he also expressed his hatred towards white people saying they are all racist.

The Facebook comment made by Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation employee Velaphi Khumalo.

The department has distanced itself from Khumalo's comments saying an internal process is underway - it's understood a case of Crimen Injuria has also been opened against him.

The Jewish Board of Deputies says urgent action needs to be taken against Velaphi.
Velaphi expressed his hatred towards white people, saying they are all racist.

SAJBD’s Wendy Kahn says these comments shouldn't be allowed, especially not from a government employee.

“I think what is very important at the moment is for us to look at the Human Rights Commission and not to fight racism with racism, which is exactly what he’s done. He’s resorted to hate speech, threats against white people. We don’t believe that racism in any form is something that should be rearing its head in South Africa today.”

Racist comments have come into sharp focus over the past week with estate agent Penny Sparrow referring to black people as monkeys and economist Chris Hart being suspended from Standard Bank for a racist comment he posted on Twitter.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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