South African Chinese take legal action against Hate Speech 


We issue this statement following the publication of various xenophobic comments by our fellow South Africans on the Facebook page of the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary, the Facebook page of the television programme, Carte Blanche, and our own TCA Facebook group. – TCA

Times Media, 8 February 2017

The comments were posted following the annual Chinese New Year celebration held in Johannesburg on 28 January 2017 and the broadcast of a television programme by Carte Blanche on animal abuse and the trade of donkey skins, which was aired on 29 January 2017.

Radio 702, Stephen Grootes

None of us can deny that animal abuse and cruelty is of the utmost importance – or, what would this say about the human race – you and me – if we cannot care for those that cannot speak and fend for themselves.
There are many players and pawns in crime. We should not tolerate crime at all.

We should also be more vocal in standing up for any animal abuse or human vilification.

We, the people of South Africa,

Recognise the injustices of our past;

Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;

Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and 

Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to –

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and

Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

May God protect our people.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.  Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso. God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa. Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.

I think this is good for the South African Chinese community; very necessary and very long overdue. It is also OUR right as South Africans that the Constitution is applied consistently to marginalized communities. Racism never left when the Rainbow appeared over our nation. It just went into hiding. Hate speech seems to be the result of our nation suppressing its known and unconscious bias towards each other.

Radio 702, Stephen Grootes

It is good to finally see the true colours of people who you either grew up with, went to school with, worked with etc

It is never a bad idea to stand up for your rights. The worst thing that ever happened was when good people stood idly by and did nothing.

Remaining silent on such issues is the worst thing we can do – our inaction and failure to call out wrongdoing as we see it condones the action by our silence.
Being vocal and posting on social media doesn’t make the person standing behind you stop what they’re doing wrong – unless we all actually get up and get out to where we can make a difference.

But this, today, is about our rights, our dignity, our safety.
We have made our voices heard. We have made a stand. #SouthAfricanChinese

#WeWillNotTolerateAbuse #WeWillNotTolerateRacism #WeWillNotTolerateHateSpeech #IWillNotBeYourPunchingBag

#StopHateSpeech #StopRacism

The comments are racist, inflammatory, vitriolic, insulting, hate-filled and promote and propagate hatred of and violence to Chinese people. More terrifyingly, the comments directly incite violence and harm to our children. – TCA

TCA Press Release, 07 February 2017

TCA Press Release, 07 February 2017

We however remain optimistic that in this Rainbow Nation, no form of discrimination will be tolerated and all groups in our society can continue to serve peacefully together for the betterment of this beautiful country. There is no place for any form of discrimination in South Africa and it is hoped that the aforesaid legal actions will serve to protect the Chinese community in South Africa from further attacks of racism and hatred and will deter others from engaging in such unacceptable and unlawful conduct. – TCA

Report racism and hate speech!

To lodge a human rights violation complaint, click here or Call 011 8773600 or Email complaints@sahrc.org.za

Radio 702, Stephen Grootes

 

 

See also: Media Online “Reporting Racism in the Land of Sunshine Journalism”

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