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SAHRC investigates hate speech allegations of DA’s Trollip

Athol Trollip is the DA’s mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay.

DA member Athol Trollip. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating allegations of hate speech and unfair labour practice against the Democratic Alliances' Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip.

Trollip is the party's mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay.

He's questioned the timing of the claims by several former employees on a farm owned by the Trollip family.

SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena says it's received a series of sworn affidavits from a number of people who used to work for the family.

Mangena says in the documents, a former worker claims to have been paid a R200 a month, while another alleges Trollip called her a baboon.

"In those affidavits they relate incidents of racism, issues of labour disputes. We are currently going through those affidavits; there are many."

In a statement, Trollip denies all the allegations and states the timing is suspicious because he sold the family farm in 2005.

The politician's main opponent in the upcoming local government election is the ANC's Danny Jordaan.