February 25, 2010 Edition 2
CARIEN DU PLESSIS and MURRAY WILLIAMS Staff Writers
THE PAC has come under fire after messages urging the killing of whites were posted on its Facebook site.
The party says it will not remove the offending posts.
The messages, which said an army of about 3 000 people was standing by, ready to kill white people within 24 hours if requested to do so, were still on the site after a Facebook user alerted the administrator to the messages.
Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos said the messages were a "clear-cut" example of hate speech and that the Facebook posters, as well as the administrator of the site, could be taken to the equality court if they refused to remove the messages.
Independent media analyst and Facebook user Martin Slabbert said he had asked the posters and site administrator Anwar Adams, the PAC's provincial interim chairman, to remove the messages.
"I did a similar thing during the election campaign when a group was started named 'Let's assassinate (DA leader) Helen Zille', and the group was removed," Slabbert said.
Adams posted a message on the site yesterday thanking posters, but urged them not to stoop to the level of whites in their debate "for we are a better people".