South Africa

AfriForum calls for sacking of sports ministry’s media man

2017-02-28 21:52

Cape Town - Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Tuesday called for the dismissal of the media and communications manager of the department of sport and recreation over a racist social media post.

Esethu Hasane took to Twitter to comment on the current water crisis in the Western Cape, and called on God to find another way to “punish white people”.

The Western Cape is currently experiencing a water crisis with dam levels around the 30% full mark.

Hasane reports to Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula.

Hasane would later take to Twitter once again to post "AfriForum wants me fired", followed by three crying face emojis.

AfriForum called on the public to join them in sending e-mails to Mbalula for the immediate dismissal of Hasane.

A post on AfriForum's official website reads:

AfriForum demands the immediate dismissal of Esethu Hasane, Media and Communication Manager at the Department of Sport and Recreation, for his racist statement on Twitter and Facebook. Add your name below to send an e-mail to Minister Mbalula’s office.

Mr Mbalula


By means of this letter we demand the immediate dismissal of Mr Esethu Hasane, Media and Communication Manager at the Department of Sport and Recreation, for his anti-white racist statement on social media. Mr Hasane made the following comment on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts:

Only Western Cape still has dry dams. Please God, we have black people there, choose another way of punishing white people.

Mr Hasane’s statement again confirms that anti-white racism is rife in your department. His statement does not come as a surprise, as it has already become evident that your Department’s pressure on sport federations to implement rigid racial quotas is not a sincere effort to develop athletes from all communities, but rather a racist campaign to reduce the number of white sportsmen and women in teams. You are trying to hide your Department and Government’s failure to establish sport in township and rural schools by targeting white people.

Furthermore, we demand that you and your Department publicly denounce Mr Hasane’s racist statement and to distances yourselves therefrom without delay.

Yours sincerely


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