Johannesburg - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to review a case involving racism, allegedly attributed to a Lindsay Saker service manager.
Screenshots of WhatsApp messages emerged recently on social media, where a person, allegedly presented as being a service manager at the company’s Kempton Park branch, apparently made a series of racist remarks, foundation executive director Neeshan Balton said in a statement.
The person behind the messages referred to staff at the company using the k-word and “monkeys”. The discussion continued with the person stating that African people “belong in the jungle along with EFF [Economic Freedom Fighters] members and Julius Malema [EFF leader] where the wild animals can kill them all”.
“Screenshots of these messages were brought to our attention. While we may not have clarity as to who is behind the messages as yet, we must condemn the racist terminology used in the discussion. Racist vitriol of this nature has no place in our society," Balton said.
Over the past few years there had been "a series of incidents" in which the k-word was used, or where African people had been dehumanised and referred to as "monkeys", and the foundation had previously condemned similar racial sentiments expressed, he said.