The EFF in Limpopo on Wednesday marched to the Hoerskool Ben Vorster School in Tzaneen over the recent racist utterances by one of their students Erhard Vorster. In a video circulating on social media Vorster, who is also a Grade 9 learner at the school, can be seen calling a black content creator Sonwabile D by the K*** word.
Vorster, who was seated alongside a fellow white female person, also burst into laughter immediately. The video has since caused anger amongst concerned South Africans.
The EFF led by the Provincial Treasurer Tinyiko Manganyi were also engaged in a meeting with the management at the school.
“It is with deep concern and profound disappointment that the EFF addresses the recent racist incident involving Sonwabile D. A content creator, who fell victim to a hate crime during a live stream on 28th November 2023. This reprehensible act occurred when Sonwabile D was targeted with racial slurs. Including being called a derogatory term by Erhard Vorster.
“The EFF vehemently condemns the actions of Erhard Vorster. We view this incident as a clear manifestation of the deep-rooted racism and hatred that persists in our society,” said EFF in a statement.
EFF CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST ERHARD VORSTER OVER RACISM INCIDENT
“It is disheartening that a young individual, considered a “born free,” has exhibited such offensive behavior, indicative of the racial prejudices that have been instilled through societal influences.
“We call for immediate and decisive action to be taken against Erhard Vorster and the school where he is enrolled. Racism has no place in our educational institutions. It is essential that incidents of this nature are addressed swiftly and effectively,” said the organization.
HOERSKOOL BEN VORSTER IN TZANEEN URGED TO ADDRESS RACIST UTTERANCES
“The impact of such actions extends beyond the immediate victim, affecting the broader community and perpetuating harmful stereotypes. The EFF urges the relevant authorities, including the school administration and local law enforcement, to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident.
“It is crucial that appropriate measures are taken to hold Erhard Vorster accountable for his actions. To also implement educational programs that address and combat racism within the school environment.”