Capetonian Matthew Theunissen who took to social media to spill racist rant against government has been mandated to do community service in a poor‚ disadvantaged area for three to six months.
Theunissen incurred the wrath of Human Rights Commission for his racist comment after an announcement by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula that certain national sporting codes will be suspended from participating internationally due to a failure to meet some transformations targets.
The 26-year-old thereafter took to his Facebook page on May 2 and posted:
“So no more sporting events for South Africa. I’ve never been more proud that to say our government are a bunch of k*****s…yes I said it so go f**k yourselves you black f***ing c***s.”
Theunissen will also do research on anti-racism, undergo anger management therapy, and will go on a social media detox for 12-months.
Meanwhile, Theunissen has agreed to all of the remedial actions and has shown willingness to cooperate, according to Human Commission.
“As part of the settlement‚ beyond the unconditional apology‚ which the Commission deemed acceptable and sincere‚ the parties agreed that Theunissen would embark on community service for a period of 3 to 6 months in a currently poor disadvantaged area of Cape Town Metropole in the area of sports development,” said the commission.
He is also expected to report back to the commission on his progress in a few months.
Matthew Theunissen Shows Remorse
Reports say the young man’s willingness to acknowledge his wrong doing facilitated the resolution of the matter. He also showed enthusiasm to fully co-operate with the SAHRC‚ and engage in rehabilitative conduct directed at understanding the consequences of his actions.
However, the Capetonian’s mild punishment is meant to “sensitize him to the need for transformation and challenges facing poor disadvantaged communities in Cape Town,” SAHRC noted.
Meanwhile, retired real estate agent Penny Sparrow‚ who caused a stir on social media after making racist remarks‚ couldn’t appear at the Equality Court in Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast today as expected.
Sparrow was lambasted and later went into hiding after she likened blacks to monkeys earlier this year. Instead‚ her daughter told the court that she was not present because she feared for her life.