Matthew Theunissen’s racist rant goes viral

The 26-year-old’s slurs directed at Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and the ‘black’ government have sent social media into a frenzy of outrage.

You might have a hard time seeing why this is good news, but is it not absolutely incredible that South African’s will NOT stand for this kind of hate speech?

We called ourselves the rainbow nation for so long and that seems to be the reality on social media. Last week all South Africans came together to protest the actions of Ntokozo Qwabe and this week South Africans are saying no to racism again.

Capetonian Matthew Theunissen has trended all of Tuesday morning as angry tweeters slam his racist Facebook post.

Theunissen took to social media on Monday evening to vent about Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s blanket ban on South African sports associations from hosting major international events. Mbalula has forbid the national netball, cricket, athletics and rugby associations from putting in a bid to host any events in their respective sporting codes due to their failure to meet transformation targets.

Screenshots of Theunissen’s post were then shared on Twitter, kicking off a wave of outrage.

South Africa has been no stranger to racist social media outbursts and the subsequent displays of shock – the “monkey” comments of Penny Sparrow are still being condemned months later.

The twittersphere are not being kind “This cannot be said often enough #MatthewTheunissen is a stupid childish racist. His views do not reflect those of most white South Africans.”

The 26-year-old reportedly has a Masters degree in environmental management from Stellenbosch University.

#MatthewTheunissen… perfect proof that u can hold 2 Masters degrees, and still be stupid”

Unfortunately for Theunissen, it seems the repercussions for his post will extend beyond social media outrage. Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille told CapeTalk radio on Tuesday morning that her office will investigate the incident. She also urged residents to report incidents of racism so the appropriate action can be taken. 

“I have established a special desk in my office for people to lodge complaints about alleged racism,” De Lille said.

South Africans are standing together against racism, this follows a racist comment towards a waitress that went viral last week.

We find it extremely positive that this post has not just simply been ignored!

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