Velaphi Khumalo apologises for ‘cleanse SA of white people’ comment

Velaphi Khumalo apologises for ‘cleanse SA of white people’ comment

- Velaphi Khumalo apologised for his 2016 comment calling for SA to be cleansed of white people

- Equality Court ruled that his comment constituted hate speech

- He said he was influenced by Penny Sparrow's racism, but added that he should have known better

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A Gauteng man who called for South Africa to be cleansed of white people has apologised to all South Africans for his comment.

Velaphi Khumalo made the comment in 2016 on Facebook, News24 reports. The Equality Court found him guilty of hate speech last week. In a statement on Friday, Velaphi said:

I admit that my comments were hurtful not only to white people, but also to black people. My comments were wrong, and I undertake not utter them again in private or public spaces.

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In addition to ordering Velaphi to apologise, the court also directed him to remove all content related to his comment on social media, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Velaphi said Penny Sparrow's comments at the time, in which she called black people "monkeys," sparked his racist outburst. However, he added that he should have known better.

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Velaphi's apology has elicited various reactions on social media. Some have accepted it, but others feel he should face some kind of punishment.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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