South Africa: Ruling party embroiled in fresh race row

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been asked to support a complaint by the Human Rights Commission against an Indian friend of President Jacob Zuma who allegedly referred to a black employee as a “monkey”.

The incident was revealed in one of the thousands of leaked e-mails from the Gupta family which is embroiled in the “State Capture” scandal which threatens to topple the government.

The Guptas who were virtually penniless when they moved to South Africa in the mid 1990s, set up a multi-billion rand empire by securing massive government contracts. One of their key employees was Zuma’s son, Duduzane.

However, one of the leaked e-mails reveals that Rajesh Gupta allegedly called black security guards at his Johannesburg mansion “monkeys” in 2012, after they apparently did not respond when he called them. This alleged incident emerged in a complaint from an employee of the Gupta's company to the security company guarding the property.

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation have publicly called on the ANC to join them in their complaint to the SA Human Rights Commission about the slur.

PANA reports that it puts the party in an extremely awkward position because, earlier this year, it was the complainant in the case against a white Durban woman who was charged with referring to black people as “monkeys”. In that case, Penny Sparrow received a suspended prison sentence and a heavy fine.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 29Aug2017

29 août 2017 15:31:03

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