The Democratic Alliance says it will refer a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to the SAHRC and to Parliament’s Ethics Committee for investigation, following a ‘racist rant’ in Parliament on Tuesday.
According to the DA, during the budget vote on the Department International Relations and Cooperation, EFF MP, Nazir Paulsen referred to DA MP, Yusuf Cassim as a “K****”.
“This disgusting racist behaviour has no place in our constitutional democracy or in our democratic parliament, and I therefore demand that EFF leader, Julius Malema, initiate disciplinary action and, pending the outcome, suspend Paulsen immediately,” said John Steenhuisen, DA Chief Whip.
“As elected representatives in the people’s Parliament, we should be leading by example. It is quite frankly despicable that such an attack could take place within these chambers, when racism remains prevalent in communities across South Africa.”
“I will, in line with our complete commitment to defeating racism, refer Mr Pauslen to the SAHRC and to Parliament’s Ethics Committee for investigation.”
Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday called on the SA Human Rights Commission to investigate the “utterly despicable racist comments” made by Matthew Theunissen on Facebook.
She condemned the city resident’s remarks and said racism would not be tolerated.
“Matt Theunissen has to understand that racism is hurtful and we live in a democracy where we are all equal and no one can discriminate, disrespect or infringe on anyone’s rights or dignity.
“We cannot allow people to get away with making these derogatory remarks as there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book.”
SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena said they had received a complaint from De Lille’s office.
In a post on his Facebook account at the weekend, Theunissen wrote: “So no more sporting events for South Africa… I’ve never been more proud than to say our government are a bunch of K*****S… yes I said it so go f**k yourselves you black f*****g c***s”.
It was not immediately clear when he had written the post as his Facebook profile was no longer active.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on April 25 that he had banned the country’s cricket, rugby, netball and athletics bodies from bidding for, or hosting, major sporting events due to a lack of transformation. The decision would be reviewed next year.
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