South Africa: South Africa rocked by another race row

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just one day after South Africa marked the 40th anniversary of the June 16, 1976, Soweto Riots which sparked the revolution that led to the end of Apartheid, the country has been rocked by yet another race-related altercation.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday confirmed that it is investigating mobile phone footage taken of a white woman, who claims to have been a victim of crime, racially insulting a black policeman in Johannesburg.

The woman refused to be helped by a black policeman and referred to blacks as "kaffirs", the worst racial slur in the country. The woman is also recorded as saying Johannesburg policemen are “opinionated, arrogant and plain and simply useless”.

A white police officer at the scene expressed his outrage at her behaviour. When he said: “I’m trying to assist you here,” the woman responded: “I am happy for a white person to assist me or a coloured person or an Indian person but I do not want a black person to assist me.”

She later threatened to drive over any black person who got in her way.

SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) spokesman Isaac Mangena said it is unclear when the incident happened but it would be investigated.

Just last week, a Durban woman, Penny Sparrow, was ordered to pay US$10,000 to the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation for posting racist comments on Facebook, where she called black people monkeys. That incident which occurred in January sparked a national outcry and she went into hiding after receiving death threats.
-0- PANA CU/VAO 17June2016

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17 juin 2016 13:32:06

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