When a police officer took to Facebook to vent his race-hate feelings, it led to his dismissal and then to a chain of legal actions challenging that decision. Read the labour court’s judgment on the issue, however, and it becomes clear that the sacked officer’s behaviour raises wider questions. During 2011 former warrant officer Juda Phonyogo Dagane posted what the court called "vitriolic racist comments" on the Facebook page of EFF leader Julius Malema, at the time still leader of the ANC Youth League. Among the more choice of Dagane’s comments were, "Fuck this white racist shit! We must introduce black apartheid. Whites have no ROOM in our heart and mind. Viva MALEMA", and "When the Black Messiah (NM) dies, we’ll teach whites some lesson. We’ll commit a genocide on them. I hate whites." The court would later comment that Malema did nothing in response to Dagane’s posts. True, but hardly surprising since Malema’s recent comments about "cutting the throat of whiteness" even suggest ...

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