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Media Statement: SAHRC takes Mr Ronald Gouws to the Equality Court for alleged hate speech and racist utterances.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC/ Commission) will today institute proceedings at the Equality Court in Gqeberha against Mr Renaldo Gouws, a Member of Parliament, for the alleged racial utterances relating to online media posts.

In the video, Mr Gouws allegedly calls for the killing of Black people using extremely offensive and derogatory language. This explicit content, initially published on his YouTube channel in March 2010, was archived despite being deleted and has resurfaced, revealing behaviour that is incompatible with the principles of dignity and equality enshrined in South African law.

On the footage, Mr Gouws allegedly made the following statement:

“There’s a couple of things I want to say ok kill all the f#$%ng K@#$%rs, kill all the f#$%@ng N#@#$%ers, that’s all that I've got to f@#$%ng say. Kill all the f#$%#ng n#@#$$%rs.”

Subsequently, the Commission was tagged by aggrieved citizens on social media seeking that it intervenes in this matter. Following assessment of the content, the Commission has concluded that utterances allegedly made by Mr Gouws constitute hate speech and/or harassment as contemplated in terms of sections 10 and 11 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 2000 (PEPUDA or Equality Act).

The Commission is empowered in terms of section 13(3)(b) of the South African Human Rights Commission Act 40 of 2013 (SAHRC Act), to bring proceedings in a competent court or tribunal in its own name or on behalf of a person or a group or class of persons.

Given Mr Gouw’s position as a Member of Parliament, his alleged actions carry even greater weight and responsibility, as he is expected to uphold and embody the principles enshrined in the Constitution, including human dignity, equality, and non-discrimination.


For further information or inquiries, please contact Wisani Baloyi on 081 016 8308 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission


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