Comments of Sandile Memela, chief director in the department of Arts and Culture, concerning the Oscar Pistorius murder case is shocking and racist and the FF Plus will take every possible step to call him to order, Dr. Pieter Mulder, Leader of the FF Plus says.
According to Dr. Mulder, an article appeared in Memela’s name with his photo attached in a well-known online newspaper with the heading: ‘Oscar would be a hero if Reeva were a black man’.
Memela wrote that he wondered if Pistorius would ever have been on trial if he had shot and murdered a black man. He wrote the following, amongst others:
According to Dr. Mulder, Memela goes ahead and says that whites have all the wealth and black people are perpetrators because they are unemployed and poverty stricken. Also because black men sometimes have a deep-seated desire for revenge for stolen land and the monopolisation of mineral resources and wealth.
“One expects these comments from no-one in this country, least of all from a senior official in the public service. We regard this as hate speech of the worst degree and form. The damage that such comments cause to nation building is immeasurable.
“The FF Plus will take every step possible to see to it that action is taken against Memela. We also insist that he is suspended immediately and that his department investigates these comments immediately,” Dr. Mulder says.
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