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newsThe Mercury reports that the decision by an employer to suspend a Durban man who wrote on Facebook that Indians were “low-class rubbish with no morals” has been seen by race experts as a step in the right direction.  

Mount Edgecombe-based Interflex Conveyor Belting confirmed that it had suspended Will MacGibbon for social media posts he made over the weekend which insulted Hindus celebrating Diwali.  A legal letter on behalf of the company said MacGibbon’s “immediate” suspension would be followed by a “swift” investigation into the matter.  Distancing itself from the comments, the company added that it “goes without saying that the allegations are seen in an extremely serious light.”  MacGibbon’s role, according to his LinkedIn page, was as chairman of the company.  His Facebook account has been deactivated.  The ANC and SA Hindu Maha Sabha have laid charges of crimen injuria against MacGibbon and Dawie Kriel, another Durban man who had made similar offensive comments on Facebook.

  • Read this report by Kerushun Pillay in full at The Mercury

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