Velaphi Khumalo called for white South Africans to be subjected to what ‘Hitler did to the Jews’. He has been told to issue a public apology.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) argued that a public apology from Velaphi Khumalo will suffice as punishment for his racial utterances. Khumalo appeared before the Equality Court for a Facebook comment in which he called for the massacre of white South Africans.
The SAHRC settled with Khumalo ordering the accused to apologise publicly, as that would deter other South Africans from making racial utterances. Khumalo was also ordered to pay R30 000 to charity.
Blacks must do to whites what “Hitler did to the Jews” – Khumalo
In an earlier interview with Khumalo’s legal counsel, Stuart Wilson pleaded with the court, saying:
“There is no doubt that Mr Khumalo should not have said what he said. Not only did he apologise profusely‚ he faced disciplinary action by his employer.”
Khumalo was responding to another racist Facebook rant by Penny Sparrow, in which the latter compared Durban beachgoers to monkeys.
As reported by Times Live, this reactionary offence was the basis of Khumalo’s defence argument, with Wilson saying:
“Mr Khumalo was‚ at the time he made his remarks‚ engaged in a fierce debate about the meaning of another Facebook post that likened black people to ‘monkeys’ who had been ‘released’ onto ‘public beaches’ for New Year’s Eve.”
‘Velaphi Khumalo’s statement meaningless…