The IFP will lodge a complaint to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), following a disturbing, hateful and religiously intolerant post on a Facebook Group in KwaZulu-Natal, known as ‘KZN-Muslims’ which seeks to divide the Hindu and Muslim communities in our country.
We will request the SAHRC to investigate this post and to act against the individual in order to ensure that corrective action is taken.
(Please note the Facebook Post referred to is available upon request only and not for the purposes of redistribution.)
The IFP believes that our society is anchored in the roots of tolerance and co-existence through social cohesion, and we stand firm, resolute and united against all and everything that seeks to divide us or destroy our hard-won gains for all our human rights as enshrined in our Constitution.
It is imperative that the religious, cultural and traditional rights of all South Africans are protected and upheld and therefore the SAHRC is best placed to take charge, monitor, recommend and implement or suggest legislative measures which would protect all South African human rights and freedoms of speech or expression, in particularly expressed on social media platforms.
We must all hold dear the values of unity in diversity. The IFP encourages and embraces multiculturalism and we reject the notion that we are all the same. We are equal under the law regardless of the many different cultures, groups, races, religions, communities and peoples.
It is our hope that South Africans will refrain from expressing their views on social media which only perpetuate hatred, racism, intolerance and deeply hurtful slander which should be discouraged but also strongly dealt with in terms of the law.
Narend Singh MP
IFP Chief Whip in Parliament
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