The mayor of the Matjhabeng municipality (Welkom) has returned to his post after being suspended by the ANC earlier due to racist remarks.
Nkosinjani Speelman was suspended after a video came to light in which he referred to a colored community outside Welkom as “Bushmen”. He addressed a group of army members at a police station before their deployment in terms of the disaster and with loud laughter from himself and the army members referred to the residents of Bronville as “Bushmen”.
Speelman was initially suspended from office for 18 months, of which six months were suspended.
However, the ANC’s national appeals committee found that Speelman had regretted his remark and mitigated his sentence to six months suspended for three years. Speelman is therefore back at his post and his only penalty is ŉ third of his salary for three months.
The DA had earlier lodged a complaint against Speelman with the Human Rights Commission. “We trust that this complaint will be investigated as soon as possible to ensure justice for the Bronville community.”
In response to the events, the FF Plus said that the ANC puts party members above residents and service delivery.
The video below show the community reaction after Speelman’s racist remarks.