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protestThe Citizen reports that allegations of racial slurs posted on Facebook brought the Department of Justice in Pretoria to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon as staff gathered to demand the immediate suspension of two co-workers.  

The angry staffers, supported by Nehawu and the PSA, demanded that the department’s chief financial officer, Louraine Rossouw, address them in person because the alleged perpetrators and their victims all worked in her department.  The alleged victims, Richard Vukeya and Wisani Hobyane, accused two of their colleagues, Natasha Roos and Lourens Botes, of referring to them on Facebook as “monkey” and “baboons” in four conversations over a period of four months.  Vukeya and Hobyane said they had complained about racism last year, but to no avail.  Rossouw has given instructions for the human resources department to start investigating the matter and she confirmed that Roos and Botes have been suspended.  Nehawu and the PSA have apparently agreed with Rossouw to have a follow-up meeting later this month to discuss the investigation and what steps have been taken.

  • Read this report by Virginia Keppler in full at The Citizen

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