Political parties slam Matthew Theunissen after k-word comment
Officials have called for a thorough investigation into a racist Facebook post by Theunissen.
CAPE TOWN - Some political parties are calling for a thorough investigation into a racist Facebook post, over the Sports Minister's decision to ban three sporting codes from hosting international tournaments.
In the controversial post, Noordhoek resident Matthew Theunissen used the k-word in venting his anger over Fikile Mbalula's move.
A screengrab of the post has gone viral and sparked a public outcry.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African National Congress (ANC) have labelled Theunissen's comment as shocking.
DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme says, "The comments by Matthew Theunissen on Facebook is absolutely appalling, there's absolutely no space for racism in South Africa."
Meanwhile, the ANC's Yonela Diko has called for the matter to be investigated.
"Matthew Theunissen's deplorable views really express a profoundly distorted view of this country and sadly they are not a reflection of what this country is about."
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has confirmed her office will investigate the post.
Last month, Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced legislation to deal with racism and hate speech will soon be introduced.
The sports minister has spoken out against the racist Facebook post, saying there are still too many South Africans making racist remarks based on ignorance.
He says people like Theunissen, who insult government over its transformation policies, are taking the country backwards.
Mbalula says Theunissen needs help.
"Matthew is too young and he needs to be helped for all that he has gobbled up as a child to understand that South Africa is a united country."
He has called on all South Africans to entrench diversity in the country.
'PERVERTED AND REPULSIVE'
The Congress of the People (Cope) has added its voice to a growing chorus of condemnation of a racist Facebook post over the sports minister's decision.
Cope's Dennis Bloem said, "We want to condemn these racist utterances because it is unacceptable that a very highly educated young man should be so inward ignorant, perverted and repulsive."
Meanwhile, South Africans on social media have reacted to Theunissen's post.
#MatthewTheunissen..perfect proof that u can hold 2 Masters degrees, and still be stupid
- Carlo (@carlolinks) May 3, 2016
I can't wait for #MatthewTheunissen's apology, good ol "I am not racist, I have a black friend"
- RandomMpondo (@That_DamnVee) May 3, 2016
- Gavin Reid (@GavinAReid) May 3, 2016
This cannot be said often enough #MatthewTheunissen is a stupid childish racist.His views do not reflect those of most white South Africans.
- Kuz (@mrkuz) May 2, 2016
- Charlie Miller (@ByCharlieMiller) May 2, 2016