Cabinet concerned by racial tension in SA - Radebe

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said that Cabinet was concerned over heightened racial tensions in the wake of the Middelburg coffin assault incident.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Cabinet says it’s deeply concerned over heightened racial tensions, and says all South Africans should condemn the racist assault on Rethabile Mlotshwa in Middelburg.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson, are accused of shoving Mlotshwa into a coffin while threatening to kill him.

The two white farmers have abandoned their bail application and will appear in court again in January.

A video of the attack emerged this week igniting outrage across the country.

Minister Jeff Radebe says: “Government is concerned at the incitement of racial tensions and violence by public figures, which distracts from our hard earned freedom. South Africans must condemn detrimental influences such as the racist assault of Rethabile Mlotshwa, which only serves to harm our fellow South Africans and does not add to the Ubuntu of the South African nation.”

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Cabinet has also confirmed that police are investigating State Security Minister David Mahlobo’s alleged links to a rhino-horn smuggling syndicate.

Radebe says Cabinet has taken note of the allegations but would not comment further, saying the police investigation must first take its course.

“However, we want to highlight our government has been at the forefront in the fight against environmental crimes – this includes work done within the security services, as part of governments efforts to curb transnational organised crime and to ensure that justice prevails against those involved in syndicates.”

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)