An officer in the Army was only rapped over the knuckles after he posted on social media that an elderly man’s eyes and tongue should have been poked out as punishment for apartheid.
Major M V Mohlala’s photo in his Army uniform appeared on a comment he posted after an attack on 10 March, in Randhart Ridge, Johannesburg, when Ds Braam van Wyk (80) was assaulted and emeritus professor Cobus Naude, 76, was murdered.
Naude, former professor of Islamic science at the University of Johannesburg, tried to stop one of the attackers when he stormed at Van Wyk, and he himself was then stabbed in his chest with a knife.
The attackers then stood on Van Wyk’s chest while kicking him in the face.
Photos of a seriously injured Van Wyk were placed on social media by his son Johan. “What kind of cowards kicks an 80-year-old man in his face while his hands are tied behind his back?” Johan asked.
In response to Van Wyk’s post, Mohlala said the attackers simply taught the elderly man a lesson.
“Apartheid is in him. All of these old white people think we are stupid when they say they were opposed to apartheid. We will not forget what they have done. Now it is the white people’s turn. They should actually have poked out his eyes and tongue so that the last people he would ever see, were the killers and he could go to his grave with the nightmare. ”
Mohlala is a Major at the Defense Force’s Signal Formation at the Wonderboom-Military Base in Pretoria.
After his comments were criticized by Black and White, he removed the post from his Facebook page.
Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi told Rapport Mohlala was hauled on the red carpet last week.
“He reprimanded that his comment was not good for the image of the Army, whether he made it in his private capacity or not.
He was warned if he ever made comments like this he would be formally charged,” he said. Mgobozi said.
“The Army does not tolerate comments of this nature.”
Attorney Pikkie Greeff of the South African Defense Force Union (SANWU) said that this smacks of “double standards” by only reprimanding Mohlale.
On a previous occasion, a Sergeant Major was convicted and fined R3,000-00 after saying that former President Jacob Zuma is a p ***.
“A soldier remains a soldier, regardless of whether he is on duty or not. He had to be charged in terms of Section 46f the Regiment of Discipline. It is inexplicable why the Defense Force did not do that, “says Greeff.
By: Erika Gibson / Rapport / 25.03.2018