A Facebook comment implying that he is happy former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen died will be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
The investigation follows a complaint by trade union Solidarity against Riaan Lucas who made racist remarks about white people on his Facebook page. In his response to the news of Joost’s death, Lucas made the following entry on his Facebook page: “Joost is vrek” (meaning Joost has snuffed it.) The message is accompanied by a photo of a person with a very satisfied look about him and the words, “Me when I hear a white man died,” printed on the photo.
Solidarity alerted the public to it and people reported his Facebook profile on Facebook. Shortly afterwards Lucas’ Facebook page was blocked.
According to Solidarity Communications Manager Juran van den Heever, having to experience such sentiments on such a sad day came as a huge shock to so many South Africans across all colour boundaries.
“Those racist comments must receive the same media attention as all other similar remarks which have received vast media reaction in the past and which have been dealt with by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). What applies to Penny Sparrow and Chris Hart applies to any other South African as well, regardless of race,” Van den Heever said.
Issues such as these add more relevance and weight to Solidarity’s campaign against racism, which is to be launched in two weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, the SAHRC has acknowledged receipt of the numerous messages received from South Africans complaining about Mr Lucas.