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While the SAPS await the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision on the case against the Speaker of Lim 368 Municipality Johann Abrie, COSATU in Limpopo has announced that it has opened a separate case with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
“The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Limpopo has opened a case of racism against Johann Abrie, Speaker of Modimolle/Mookgophong Municipality, with the South African Human Rights Commission. Abrie is alleged to have used the K-word against a black employee at the municipality (Thabo Raymond Maake) and accused them of being “thieves who are like their father Zuma”.
The organisation continued to urge other workers in the LIM 368 municipality and beyond to come forward and report their cases if they had ever been subjected to such treatment.
“We are also making a call to all other workers in the same municipality, workers at every workplace and ordinary community members to come forward and report cases of racism. Maake, has opened a crimen injuria case against Abrie with the Modimolle SAPS. “We are confident and looking forward to the South African Human Rights Commission going to the bottom of the case and we will further comment once the findings are out,” said COSATU.
On Monday, 28 November, Modimolle SAPS Spokesperson Warrant Officer James Findlay said a decision was yet to be taken by the prosecutor whether there was enough evidence for prosecution.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has since poured cold water on the allegations, stating that no Speaker of its party will ever make such utterances.
4 months ago 01 December 2016