At a conference today, trade union Solidarity launched its report on the selective way in which racism is being dealt with in South Africa. This report forms part of Solidarity’s overall campaign, #StopRacism, which the trade union launched at the end of February this year.
According to Connie Mulder, head of Solidarity’s Research Institute (SRI), this report focuses specifically on those individuals who have recently made themselves guilty of racist slurs and the resultant hype each of those slurs caused in the traditional media and on social media. “In essence, the report is a comparative study done by examining several high profile cases as case studies and to examine how each of those was treated by the media and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC),” Mulder explained.
Mulder also pointed out that the analysis of the results repeatedly showed an inconsistency and a certain selectivity as far as the extent was concerned of the media attention slurs made by black people received compared to those made by white people. “According to our research, remarks by a person like Justin van Vuuren generated more media reports than Julius Malema’s “Slaughter all whites” remark,” Mulder said.
“What is alarming is that the SAHRC is clearly not fulfilling its role. Clearly, the commission is not following the guidelines to contain hate speech as set down by the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Our research shows that the SAHRC takes steps against white lightweights but that they let the black heavyweights get away unscathed,” Mulder added.
To view the full report. Click here.