While the world was mourning the death of Joost van der Westhuizen, one Riaan Lucas posted a racist Joost Meme which has brought him sever criticism.
Joost died on Monday 6th February at the age of 45 following his seven-years struggle with motor neurone disease (MND).
Shortly after report about his death circulated, Riaan Lucas posted the racist Joost Meme on his Facebook page with a caption that said: “Joost is vrek” which means “Joost has snuffed it.”
The caption was for a smirk face picture of actor Tobey Maguire. And, the picture was embedded in words that read: “me when I hear a white man died.”
Reacting, Solidarity lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against Riaan Lucas for his racist Joost Meme.
Divulging that SAHRC acknowledged receiving numerous messages from South Africans complaining about Mr Lucas, the Trade union expressed that they are sick and tired of racism in the country.
Speaking, Juran van den Heever Solidarity Communications Manager remarked that the racist Joost Meme came as a huge shock to many South Africans across all colour boundaries.
According to Van den Heever, Solidarity immediately alerted the public about the Meme and they (the public) reported his Facebook profile on Facebook.
“…His Facebook page was blocked. It is encouraging that Facebook could block the profile but the individual cannot get away with such racism and disrespect,” Solidarity charged.
Van den Heever said:
“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.”
Above all, Solidarity indicated that issues similar to Lucas’ racist Joost Meme have added more relevance and weight to its campaign against racism which is set to be launched in two weeks’ time.
Undoubtedly, Joost will be remembered as one of the greatest Springboks of all time.
“As a player, he lifted the Rugby World Cup, Tri-Nations and Currie Cup while establishing himself as one of the best scrumhalves world rugby has ever seen.
“He was the record holder for the most Test tries for the Springboks for more than 13 years and finished his international career with 38 Test tries.
“He also became an inspiration and hero to many fellow sufferers of this terrible disease as well as to those unaffected. We all marveled at his bravery, his fortitude and his uncomplaining acceptance of this terrible burden,” said the President of SA Rugby Mark Alexander.