SAHRC to assess complaint against Theunissen following racist post

The Noordhoek resident received flak after using the k-word in a racist Facebook post criticising govt.

Matthew Theunissen. Picture: LinkedIn.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will assess a complaint against Matthew Theunissen who used the k-word in a racist Facebook post, criticising government.

The Noordhoek resident's post was in reaction to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's decision to ban three sporting codes from bidding to host international tournaments because they failed to reach transformation targets.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille laid the complaint with the SAHRC.

Theunissen says he was in a bad space when he posted the rant on social media.

He says he had been struggling to find work due to the current political climate and that his passion for sport led to the outburst.

"I am not a racist to be honest with you, I am an individualist. If I like you it has got nothing to do with the colour of your skin or what language you speak. I have plenty of friends of colour who work around me and also from my schooling years. I played rugby with them."

It is unclear how long the SAHRC will take to assess the matter before deciding on whether to launch an investigation.

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Meanwhile party whips in the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been ordered to investigate the alleged use of the k-word during a debate in the National Assembly yesterday, and to put the matter before Parliament's rules committee.