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southafricalogoEWN reports that two employees from the Department of Justice have been suspended for referring to a black co-worker as a monkey and a baboon on social media.  

In several work-related posts, the two workers referred to senior accounting clerk Wisani Mkhari in derogatory terms.  Departmental spokesperson Steven Mahlangu said they only recently became aware of the Facebook statements, which were allegedly posted last year.  “As soon as we became aware of those allegations the department took the initiative to take that matter further so that we can root out the racism within the department,” Mahlangu indicated.  Mkhari is still an employee of the department.  Mahlangu added that the department had employed an independent body to assess the cell phone that was used and that, after everything had been assessed, a decision would be taken.  The posts have since been deleted.

  • A short report by Ahmed Kajee is at EWN
  • See too, Justice department suspends two employees over racism allegations, at SABC News
  • And also, Black justice official target of racist Facebook posts, at Sunday Times (paywall access)

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