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Officer suspended for racist rant

Western Cape

Cape Town - A senior traffic officer who posted messages on Facebook apparently calling for violence against farmers has been suspended, the Witzenberg municipality has confirmed.

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A Joburg man has successfully interdicted his ex-friend from slandering him on Facebook.

Witzenberg municipal manager David Nasson said on Monday that the officer had been suspended on full pay pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

“We are in the process of appointing a chairperson to oversee the disciplinary process,” Nasson said. “Once the committee has done its work, a report will be submitted with recommendations.” The senior officer, who works in Ceres, commented on a Facebook thread, in Afrikaans, that “we must again pick up our AK47s here in the f*****g Western Cape. I am sick of farmers and the DA”.

The posts continued by stating that the DA wanted to make the Western Cape a farmers-only province. The comments came as tensions rose in the area before the farmworkers’ strike resumed last week.

A legal adviser acting on behalf of the officer said the messages’ true meaning had been misunderstood as the officer was reacting to the alleged slaying of a farmworker’s dog by a farmer.

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Cape Argus

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