The SA Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it’s investigating complaints of hate speech against President Jacob Zuma.
Spokesperson Isaac Mangena said they’ve accepted the complaints and have started with the investigation.
Last month, the Freedom Front Plus laid a complaint of hate speech with the Commission related to statements attributed to Zuma at an ANC fundraiser.
Speaking during a joint-sitting debate on last week’s state-of-the-nation address yesterday, Freedom Front leader Pieter Mulder accused Zuma and his party of resorting to “scapegoat politics” to stem their losses.
“The Honourable President says a man called Jan van Riebeeck arrived here, and that was the start of problems in the country. I can prove the president is wrong. But what did he say in plain language? He said, when white people arrived here, the trouble started.
“What is the understanding of ordinary ANC supporters? They understand that if one gets rid of the white man, all problems are solved. Get rid of the cockroaches and all problems go away,” said Mulder.
Zuma reportedly told some of the country’s wealthiest people that “all the trouble began” in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape.
Mangena said the Human Rights Commission had since received two more complaints about the same matter, but it was not immediately clear who had laid the two additional complaints.
ANC spokesperson, Keith Khoza, said they believe that the president, whatever remarks he made, would be vindicated.