- A Major in the SADF has been accused of hate speech after posting an inflammatory comment on Facebook
- AfriForum has given the minister of defence 90 days to provide reasons why no action has been taken against he Major
- The Major's comments came in the same week as racist Vicki Momberg was sentenced to two years in jail
Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence, has been given 90 days to provide reasons why she has not acted against M.V. Mohlala.
AfriForum issued the minister with the ultimatum after the Major who is stationed with the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) Signal Formation at the Wonderboom Military Base in Pretoria made what AfriForum deemed as hate speech.
Briefly.co.za learned that according to AfrForum the statements were “exceptionally offensive, racist and harmful, and fall within the definition of hate speech”.
The Major issued his inflammatory statement after two elderly men, Prof. Kobus Naude (76) and Rev. Braam van Wyk (80), were assaulted which resulted in the death of Prof. Naude according to sapeople.com.
Mohlala wrote on a Facebook post about the attack: “Apartheid is in him. All of these old white people think we are stupid when they say they were opposed to apartheid. We will not forget what they have done. Now it is the white people’s turn.”
AfriForum said: “Mohlala’s statements clearly amount to hate speech. Article 105(1) of the National Defence Act (Act No 42 of 2002) also defines it as a criminal act when the verbal or physical conduct of any member of the SANDF denigrates, humiliates or shows hostility towards any person based on their race, gender, age, language or culture.
“According to this law, a person who is found guilty of such an offence may be sentenced to five years imprisonment. The local commander at the unit where Mohlala is stationed did not act further against him, except for reprimanding him and admonishing him not to bring the SANDF’s name into disrepute.”
The Major's "hate speech" came in the same week that Vicki Momberg was sent to jail for two years after racially abusing a police officer.
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