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Citizens warned they cannot escape the consequences of posting racist comments

This week has seen tensions run high, charges being laid and an uproar on social media over racist posts.

The South African flag. Picture: AFP.
Penny Sparrow,Chris Hart,Racist posts,Facebook posts racism,Carien du Plessis,Velaphi Khumalo
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JOHANNESBURG – In a week that has seen tensions run high, charges being laid and an uproar on social media, South Africans have been warned that they can't escape the consequences of posting racist comments.

Estate agent Penny Sparrow posted a Facebook comment that went viral at the beginning of the week, where she referred to black people as monkeys.

Economist Chris Hart was also called out for a racist tweet and government official Velaphi Khumalo expressed his hatred towards white people.
Several organisations and political parties have condemned all forms of racism, but yesterday journalist Carien du Plessis was the latest person to post a comment which angered the African National Congress (ANC).

From Monday, racism has remained firmly in the spotlight with a number of individuals being called out for posting racist comments on Facebook and Twitter.

Sparrow tried to apologise for comparing black people to monkeys but the public lashed out, saying her comments cannot be justified.

Penny Sparrow Facebook post, calling black people monkeys.

Hart has been suspended from Standard Bank and his credentials have been called into question after he posted a racist tweet.

Khumalo is being investigated after saying that black people should do to white people ‘what Hitler did to Jews’.

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

The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Sello Hatang says there's a bigger problem happening behind closed doors. 

“These things continue to happen in the homes of people. Some people are caught off-guard and quickly apologise.”

Meanwhile, the ANC says it’s withdrawn du Plessis' accreditation to cover the 8 January statement by President Jacob Zuma, because it believes she has no interest in covering the actual event.

Zuma will deliver an address at the main celebration at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium tomorrow. 

The ruling party barred du Plessis after she posted a tweet describing people who'd attend the ANC bash as ‘pantypreneurs’ and ‘tenderpreneurs’.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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