The DA on Tuesday lashed out at hate speech on social media platforms after the shock killings of Glen Rafferty and his wife, Vida, at Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.
DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement on Tuesday that attacks and killings in rural areas are being glorified by posts on social media.
“I saw comments on social media on Sunday about their murders: ‘good’ one said and ‘good, but I feel sorry for the dog’ wrote another person, and ‘land thieves got what they deserved’,” he said. Kohler-Barnard said.
“The DA will continue to report malicious and hateful messages on social media, in which murderers are congratulated every time they kill a farmer or farm worker, to the South African Human Rights Commission (HRC). “Those who make such comments will be held accountable and brought to justice,” she said.
According to Kohler-Barnard, there is a link between hate speech and an increase in rural attacks. Men, women and children of all races walk through.
In July, the DA set up a nationwide court monitoring unit that will specifically pay attention to ensuring that criminals involved in farm attacks and murders end up behind bars as quickly as possible and that the violence comes to an end.