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facebooklogoTimesLive reports that Larochelle Smit’s retort after a Facebook friend criticised her for dating a black man was: “We live in a wonderful country where racism is FINALLY punishable by law.”  

Smit on Tuesday shared a screenshot of her discussion with Elaine Jacobs on the social media platform.  “Who are you trying to look like?” Jacobs asked her in a Facebook message‚ in Afrikaans‚ on 29 September.  Later the same day Smit wrote back:  “What do you mean?”  On Monday Jacobs responded:  “I mean‚ you’re a South African boere girl‚ but you want to look like a Kardashian???  And date k***rs??”  In reply‚ Smit detailed her plan for dealing with racists and bullies in 2018.  She then contacted Life Healthcare‚ which Jacobs listed on Facebook as her employer‚ and reported a case at the Sandton police station.  Life Healthcare said in a statement on Twitter that Jacobs had resigned from Life Anncron Hospital in Klerksdorp in 2012 and indicated further:  “She worked as an agency nurse thereafter and her last shift in the hospital was October 2017...  We have reached out to the nursing agency and informed them that Ms Jacobs’ services are not to be utilised at any Life Healthcare hospitals now and in the future.”

  • Read the report by Nico Gous in full at TimesLive

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