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Benoni woman's hate speech 'the worst possible kind' - SAHRC

25 November 2022

A Benoni woman who described black men as being worse than pit bulls and called for their killing is facing a probe by the South African Human Rights Commission.

The voice recording was posted on the Facebook page of the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation, which is campaigning for the breed of dogs to be banned, and came on the same day as the death of another child who mauled by a dog in East London.

The woman was identified by the Sowetan newspaper as 60-year-old Belinda Migor, who reportedly provides bookkeeping and administrative services to businesses around Ekurhuleni.

She who reportedly blamed her racist rant on her diabetes.

In the message she is heard saying, among other things, that black men should be banned because they rape, steal, and kill, worse than any pit bull could, and they get away with it.

She also called for the uteruses and ovaries of all black women to be cut out so "that they cannot procreate because they will all turn out the same because they are all the same…"

SA Human Rights Commissioner Andre' Gaum, described the contents of the woman's voice message as "horrific and deplorable".

"It no doubt constitutes prima-facie hate speech of the worst possible kind. As a result, the commission's Gauteng provincial office is assessing the matter and a decision is pending as to either investigate it or take it to the Equality Court.

"The court could also be approached to refer the matter to the NPA for possible prosecution," Gaum said.

The Sizwe Kupelo Foundation has strongly condemned the woman's remarks.

He told Algoa FM News that the foundation does not intend to take the matter further, as the SA Human Rights Commission is taking up the issue.

"We feel that the voice note is unfortunate. It has no place in South Africa. It is distasteful," he said.

Kupelo said the foundation's campaign is "genuine" and about protecting lives.

source: jacaranda FM

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