An SA Army major who allegedly used social media for hate speech and was “lightly rapped on the knuckles” for his actions by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has been reported to the Equality Court by the opposition Freedom Front Plus (FF+).
This comes after the Democratic Alliance (DA) reported the officer to the SA Human Rights Commission for an apparent racial tirade in the wake of a farm attack.
FF+ leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, said the decision was taken because, among others, MV Mohlala is alleged to have used social media to say “It’s your turn now white people” after the murder of 76-year-old Professor Cobus Naude. The Signals Formation officer is also alleged to have said “He (Naude) should have had his eyes and tongue cut out so that the faces of his attackers would be the last thing he would see”.
“This is hate speech and very serious because Mohlala is a member of the SANDF. As such he is not allowed to make a political statement because soldiers must be above reproach in their duty to protect and defence all people in South Africa without bias,” Groenewald said.
Referring to the case of estate agent Vicki Momberg jailed for two years on crimen injuria charges following a racial outburst against Johannesburg metro police who came to her assistance after a smash and grab incident, Groenewald said “if that was an example, an example must also be made of Mohlala”.
“Racism, irrespective of whichever race, is unacceptable and must be condemned.”
He added the “mere reprimand” handed to Mohlala “blemishes” the SANDF.
“It creates the impression it is acceptable for SANDF members, in this case a senior officer, to make hate-filled statements.”
The Code of Conduct for uniformed members of the SANDF states, in part: “I will treat all people fairly and respect their rights and dignity at all times, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, language or sexual orientation”.