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KZN man enraged over racist Facebook messages

Evershan Pillay is up in arms over racist comments that were directed at him on Facebook.

Evershan Pillay was the victim of racist Facebook messages. Picture: Evershan Pillay/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - A KwaZulu-Natal man is up in arms over racist comments that were directed at him on social media.

Evershan Pillay says he was left stunned after messaging a woman on Facebook, only to receive several responses which included racial slurs.

The incident happened last September, but resurfaced when Pillay posted screengrabs of the original conversation on social media earlier this week.

The Pietermaritzburg resident claims he said nothing to provoke the woman. He says he merely introduced himself after perusing her Facebook page.

"I use social media not for networking, but for business purposes and I have a lot of mutual friends with this person. I just scrolled through her profile and saw she had quite a colourful lifestyle and that is something that my company offers."

Included in the screengrabs, the woman called Pillay "ugly", a "low life" and a "black skin".

She also referred to him using a derogatory term for Indian people.

"It's actually very sad as we've come far in terms of history. It's stupid, it's wrong and illegal."

Eyewitness News has tried to make contact with the woman, but to no avail.

Editor's note: Subsequent investigations by EWN has found the account reported to be that of Joan Elise Smith may, indeed, be fake. To read an updated story, click here.

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