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Municipality to Investigate Racial Insults Allegedly by an Official
Friday, 23 October 2015 07:16

mun logoOudtshoorn, 22 October 2015 – The Administrator of the Oudtshoorn Municipality, Mr. Kam Chetty wishes to express his grave concern regarding at what appears to be a racial slur and hateful speech made on a social media platform by allegedly a municipal official.

“We view the contents of the comment made seriously; and upon authenticating the author of this message we would follow internal disciplinary procedures accordingly,” said Chetty.

The Oudtshoorn Municipality’s facebook page: “Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality” has been inundated with a number of messages, posts and reviews from the public complaining about a social media page user named, “Vuyisa Bhefile Ka Hlazo” who according facebook, is a ‘Manager’ at the Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality. Media enquiries from the local media have also been received.

The Oudtshoorn Municipality certainly does not share the sentiments expressed by the author of this message. Should our investigations confirm that this statement was issued by a municipal official, the municipality will take disciplinary action.

Our Constitution is clear, that “South Africa (and the greater Oudtshoorn) belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity,” he added. “The most effective way to counter such statements is to reinforce the values of democracy and human rights that it threatens.”

“The Oudtshoorn municipality’s vision emphasizes the importance of social cohesion, tollerance, human rights, equality and justice. We all - councilors, staff, community organisions, business leaders, the media and other public figures - have a particular responsibility in this regard to ensure that we promote these values to build a democratic, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous Oudtshoorn,” Chetty concluded.