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Funds raised to support ‘racist’ suspended MP in legal battle

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Over R35,000 has been raised to support suspended DA MP Renaldo Gouws in his legal battle against the South African Human Rights Commission for his racial slurs against black people in his youth.

The SA Human Rights Commission is taking action against DA Member of Parliament Renaldo Gouws following racist remarks he made on YouTube 16 years ago. File picture: Henk Kruger, Independent Newspapers

OVER R35,000 has been raised to support suspended DA MP Renaldo Gouws in his legal battle against the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for his racial slurs against black people in his youth.

Gouws made headlines last week after a video surfaced where he could be heard spewing hate speech.

In the video, which was posted on YouTube and subsequently deleted, Gouws says “Alright so there’s a couple of things I want to say. Kill the f***ing k*****s, kill all the f***ing n*****s. That’s all I gotta f***ing say. Kill all the k*****s! Kill all the f***ing n*****s!”

He had also made other allegedly racist videos. This was about 16 years ago.

Gouws was among the DA members to be sworn in during the first sitting of Parliament recently.

A campaign on South African crowdfunding platform BackaBuddy has so far raised over R35,000 to help Gouws fight what is described as “discrimination” against him.

The campaign calls for support for Gouws, saying that there seems to be a clear double standard when it comes to racism in South Africa.

“The part they didn’t tell you was that this 15-second video was only one section of a video with a length of 6 min 22 sec where you see Renaldo showing the clear and obvious double standards.

“He also clearly in the video says that he didn’t mean the words he just used but wanted to showcase the double standards and wanted to illustrate how someone else could be hurt by the words uttered.

“Now 14 years later his question has been answered and the point of the video has been made. There seems to be a clear double standard when it comes to racism in South Africa.

“Please support Renaldo Gouws against the very same SAHRC that doesn’t see Julius Malema and Andile Mngxitama’s hate speech as such but yet see Renaldo’s hyperbole as hate speech,” it stated.

The campaign also slammed the mainstream media, particularly IOL News, for not playing the full video of Gouws.

“With this in mind, we would like to start a Back-a-Buddy campaign to raise funds for Renaldo Gouws’s legal bills against the SAHRC and also future legal bills with some of the mainstream media that knowingly misrepresented his words by only playing 15 seconds of a 6-minute video clip, which they had access to but refused to publish in full,” it stated.

The DA has since suspended Gouws from all party activities pending the hearing.

He has apologised for the videos, claiming that he made them when he was young and did not know better.

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