The man who took to Facebook to call for the “cleansing” of white people from South Africa has been reinstated in his provincial government job after being suspended on full pay, according to a report.
In the wake of Penny Sparrow comparing black people to monkeys, Velaphi Khumalo took to Facebook in January to write: “We must act as Hitler did to the Jews. I don’t believe any more that the is a large number of not so racist whit people. I’m starting to be sceptical even of those within our Movement the ANC. I will from today unfriend all white people I have as friends from today u must be put under the same blanket as any other racist white because secretly u all are a bunch of racist f**k heads. as we have already seen [all sic],” he wrote.
In another post, he reportedly also said white people should be “hacked and killed like Jews”.
The department lambasted and distanced itself from Khumalo’s post at the time, which it described as “barbaric and racist”.
In January, MEC Faith Mazibuko said: “The department of sport, arts, culture and recreation views the hateful post by Velaphi Khumalo in a serious light. Our key mandate is nation-building and social cohesion. His sentiments take our country backwards and do not reflect what the Gauteng provincial government stands for.”
Now, however, Maroela Media reported on Wednesday that he is back in his post at work after being given a warning during internal disciplinary procedures.
The Afrikaans website also spoke to Human Rights Commission (HRC) spokesperson Gail Smith, who confirmed that Velaphi would still be taken for prosecution. She said the commission had compiled all the complaints against him and would take him to the Equality Court.
They also reported that they had received confirmation from Gauteng sport, arts, culture and recreation spokesperson Nomazwe Ntlokwana that Velaphi had resumed work as a sports marketing official. He was apparently given a final warning before processes against him were concluded.
Ntlokwana told Maroela Media the department was not aware of any pending case against their employee being brought by the HRC.
Since her own racist Facebook post, Sparrow has been ordered by the Equality Court to pay a R150 000 fine, which she said she could not afford. She has also continued to dispute that she is a racist. A group reportedly helping to fundraise for her has been heavily criticised.