Hundreds of South Africans marched on streets against racism after Penny Sparrow, an estate agent, made racist comments on social media about black people using Durban’s beach on New Year’s Day.
Since then, the African National Congress (ANC) has laid criminal charges against her.
“We marched to send out a clear message to racist individuals to stop this behavior,” ANC Youth League Provincial Secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo told Anadolu Agency.
Vasu Gounden, the executive director of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, said such incidents were isolated. “The majority of South Africans are not racists,” he said.
He told Anadolu Agency the march “highlighted that 21 years after democracy we shall not tolerate racism in this country.”
Speaking to SABC, he added, “South Africans of all race groups have accepted the new dispensation and found a comfortable way to live with each other. We should not exaggerate the fact that the few people who still harbour racism and were able to spread that over social media.”
Last week, a government employee, Velaphi Khumalo, was suspended after posting a racist comment that black South Africans should do what “Hitler did to the Jews” and cleanse the country of white people.
Recent incidents have highlighted racist attitudes in South Africa that emerged from 46 years of apartheid in 1994.