Pretoria officer investigated for ‘racist’ WhatsApp post

Picture: AFP

Picture: AFP

A WhatsApp post has led to the investigation of a police officer in the Pretoria dog unit after 12 white colleagues accused him of hate speech and racism.

Provincial police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that Sergeant Hendric Mthimunye was the subject of a grievance process following the post on WhatsApp earlier this month, Rekord East reported.

“Never Trust the White Man, the only Time you Trust Him is when he is Dead.” the post allegedly read.

According to the grievance lodged by his colleagues, Mthimunye’s post was racist and promoted hate speech.

The complaint also stated that it was a police officer’s duty in this country to deliver a service to all citizens, including whites.

“We work with him on a daily basis… We feel that we cannot trust a person who makes extreme racists comments. As members of the police we must be able to trust one another and depend on colleagues to protect us in unthinkable dangerous situations,” the grievance stated.

Dlamini said Mthimunye’s commanding officer was currently involved in a grievance process against the Sergeant.

It was later reported that Mthimunye had defended the post, saying it was a misunderstanding and that it in fact referred to a friend of his with the surname “Mlunga”, which translates to “white man” in Zulu.

Mthimunye said he had been angry with his friend who had owed him money, and refused to repay the debt.

He said the post was not aimed at his white colleagues and that he had never foreseen that it would hurt or upset them.

Earlier this month, tenants at an office block in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo convened a meeting after alleging they were told to use separate toilets.

The tenants alleged that the toilets on the premises were designated in terms of race and gender.

“There are four toilets in this building. One is for black females, one for black males, one for white and coloured females, and the last one is used by one white male,” a tenant said.

The South African Human Rights Council said it would investigate the matter.

Caxton News Service

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