A threat on Facebook that five white students will be “burned” has led the DA to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Bloemfontein about incitement to violence and hate speech in the Mangaung metro.
DA councilor Zaandré Campher filed the complaint on Monday.
This comes after one Boitumelo Mokobe made the threat last week on the Facebook page of the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein that “five white students will be burned tomorrow. Just to prove a point.
Henk de Jager, the vice-chancellor of CUT, said at a media conference on Friday that the matter is being investigated. If Mokobe is a student at the institution, action will be taken against him.
Campher says the DA cannot ignore the issue and has filed a complaint with the HRC requesting that the culprit be prosecuted in terms of legislation.
According to him, there are ways to detect the actual sender of the message, even if the post was created under a false identity and a fake Facebook profile.
“We also asked the vice-chancellor to disclose the findings of his investigation because it is a matter of public interest.”
Campher says the DA believes everyone is equal before the law and the party will always strive to protect it.
“Social media users should not think they can hide behind a profile. The law will take its course. “
Chantelle du Preez, the national coordinator of AfriForum Youth, also sent a letter to De Jager about this Facebook threat.
She says AfriForum Youth wants to express its aversion to the statements made by protesting students on social media. “One of our members who is a CUT student has filed a complaint of incitement to violence and racism against Mokobe at the Park Road police station because many students fear that the threats will be carried out.”