The abused South African of Chinese descent on Wednesday accepted an apology from Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s labor federation.
Michael Sun, the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Public Safety in the City of Johannesburg said, “I accept the apology. My family and I were deeply hurt and will be inerasable. Our future lies in the responsible leadership, of an undivided society, based on equality, respect and mutual understanding. The incident will not deter me and I am more determined than ever before to save my fellow South Africans.”
Sun, who is also a councillor and a senior member of the Johannesburg City, was abused last week during the Cosatu march. Dumisani Dakile, Cosatu’s Gauteng provincial secretary announced in the presence of Xinhua that the Mayor sent a fong kong (fake or substandard product) to receive their petition and referred Sun as “Mr Lee who knows karate.”
Mashaba wrote a letter of complaint to Cosatu about the abuse. “In light of the disgusting and shameful, racist treatment he received from your leadership at the march, I would like to introduce you to the man your leadership chose to insult so shamefully.”
“Michael is a passionate and loyal South African citizen of Chinese decent. He has been a dedicated and hardworking councillor in the City of Johannesburg for the past 12 years. He is also an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, with close to two decades’ experience,” wrote Mashaba.
Mashaba stated that the racist abuse to Sun was an insult to every South African of Chinese descent.
Cosatu then apologized to Sun on Tuesday. Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu national spokesperson unreservedly apologized for the abuse.
Pamla said, “After investigating the allegations, we want to unreservedly apologize to Mr Michael Sun, for any hurt and embarrassment caused by the statements from our official. We have concluded that the statements made against Michael Sun were intolerant, patronizing and hurtful and could be easily interpreted as bigoted.”
Cosatu said that the statements by their official cannot been condoned and they are embarrassed by that.
South Africans of Chinese descent have been abused on many occasions on social media. The South African Human Rights Commission and the police are currently investigating the abuse of the Chinese in the country. Enditem