Man sorry for cruel ‘charous’ post

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THE man who re­ferred to In­di­ans as “f ****** charous” and “low class rub­bish with no morals” is sorry, promis­ing to not en­gage in any sim­i­lar con­duct in the fu­ture.

“I ten­der this hum­ble apol­ogy in good faith and can en­sure that I am tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity to en­lighten my­self and to be­come more aware of those around me and learn about my neigh­bours and other’s cul­tures.”

That’s what Alexan­der James Williams “Will” MacGib­bon told the South African Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion as part of a deal struck with the com­mis­sion and the SA Hindu Darma Sabha, the com­plainant in the mat­ter.

MacGib­bon said he meant no of­fence when post­ing anti-In­dian com­ments on Face­book dur­ing Di­wali cel­e­bra­tions in Oc­to­ber 2016. He was ap­par­ently up­set about the fire­works.

The post, which went vi­ral, reads: “F ****** charous and the s***! No con­sid­er­a­tion. They are sup­posed to revere an­i­mals, with a cow be­ing sa­cred, but as my friend from In­dia once said, the f ****** charous sent here from In­dia to cut cane were all low class rub­bish with no morals. It shows!”

Sabha pres­i­dent Ram Ma­haraj ac­cepted the apol­ogy and warned would-be of­fend­ers.

“Let this serve as a fair warn­ing to any­one who dares den­i­grate our glo­ri­ous Hindu re­li­gion or cul­ture in fu­ture, that there will be sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quences.”

MacGib­bon was also or­dered to pay a fine of R20000 to the Aryan Benev­o­lent Home (ABH) in Chatsworth and serve 50 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at the Ra­makr­ishna Cen­tre in Glen Anil.

The ABH, which is run­ning at a R450 000 deficit a month, said they were grate­ful to be able to feed more hun­gry mouths.

“This money is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and will go a sig­nif­i­cant way in meet­ing the deficit,” said di­rec­tor Nirode Bramdew.

He said the ABH, which cares for the aged, frail, or­phaned, men­tally and phys­i­cally chal­lenged and for abused women and chil­dren, has em­barked on an ex­pan­sive re­fur­bish­ment and ren­o­va­tion pro­gramme at its Bhai Ramb­haros Home.

“We are cur­rently fundrais­ing for that ini­tia­tive as well.”

On the out­come of MacGib­bon’s case, Bramdew said: “Whilst we have re­ceived this wind­fall, we hope that this un­for­tu­nate racist in­ci­dent will not re­cur on so­cial me­dia plat­forms in a multi-cul­tural and di­verse South Africa.”

The ABH has thanked the Sabha for the do­na­tion, de­scrib­ing it as “an in­spi­ra­tion.”

Mean­while the Ra­makr­ishna Cen­tre, which seeks to spread har­mony of re­li­gions through Sri Ra­makr­ishna’s ex­pe­ri­ences, has con­firmed that MacGib­bon has yet to com­mence his com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Alexan­der James Williams ‘Will’ MacGib­bon.

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