Gerhard de Bruyn’s homophobic comment that glorified the shooting of gay people has angered the Democratic Alliance.

The DA have condemned the violence-inciting homophobic comment completely…

“To incite violence on a group of people – whose sexual orientation, race, gender or religion differs from your own – must be treated with the contempt it deserves,” said Mabine Seabe, spokesperson to the DA’s national leader Mmusi Maimane.

The party was responding to social media user Gerhard de Bruyn’s “SHOOT TO KILL” comment on an article shared by radio station 702, entitled “Understanding the world of ‘chemsex’ among gay men”.

The article is in connection to the massacre at a gay nightclub on Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida, which left 50 people dead and a further 53 injured, making it the worst mass shooting in US history.

While De Bruyn – a resident of Alberton, Gauteng – soon disappeared from social media, anger around his comment continued on all platforms.

Clive Vanderwagen-Julicher first found the comment which he posted to friends.

“This guy just posted a comment on a 702 article… about gay people needing to escape in clubs using drugs.

His response was “shoot to kill”.

I’ve reported him for hate speech on Facebook. But perhaps this kind of call to violence needs a wider cause for alarm given the events in Orlando.

So here he is. Gerhard de Bruyn. A shocking specimen of humanity.”

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South African’s have taken to social media to stand together against the homophobic comment.

Sam Cowen from 702 said “Hate speech and completely indefensible.”

Helen Cristin Farah Hosford stated “Unbelievable and ignorant and idiotic.”

CarynGootkin tweeted… “This ‘man’ believes gay people deserve to be shot. Let’s treat #GerhardDeBruyn as we did #PennySparrow”.

DeidreDonnelly, asked: “Is #GerhardDeBruyn the #PennySparrow of hate speech against gay people in SA?”

Penny Sparrow is a former KwaZulu-Natal real estate agent. Over the festive season, she referred to black South Africans as “monkeys”. The Facebook post caused such outrage that the ANC dragged her to the Equality Court. As a result, the court ordered her to pay a fine of R150 000.

But various social media campaigns have been launched to help raise funds for Sparrows, as reports have surfaced that she cannot afford it.

As a result of Mambaonline quickly reporting the story, 702 removed the comment completely.

Seabe said he hoped De Bruyn would face similar reaction from the relevant authorities.

“It’s completely disgusting and backward for someone to hold such a view,” said Seabe.

Most noteworthy of all is how South Africans have come together to stand against the homophobic comment. They will not allow one person to demoralise or dehumanise another.

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