Please Help the Police Catch this Facebook Racist (Child Killer?)
This is the front page article today on our national Sunday newspaper here is South Africa… It is shocking beyond words!
This is the Facebook picture that has sparked a police investigation. The police are asking members of the public who can identify the man in this picture – which may have been manipulated – to come forward to assist them in their investigation. We have obscured the child’s face to protect his identity, but child advocacy groups are concerned about the youngster’s well being
Pray the police catch this evil racist, and soon!
The Hawks have launched an investigation into an image on Facebook in which a white man with a rifle poses over the apparently lifeless body of a black child – like a hunter celebrating his kill.
The undated picture is on the social networking site in the profile of a user called “Eugene Terrorblanche”, a play on the name of the murdered leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB). As of yesterday, “Terrorblanche” had 590 “friends”.
While it is not known if the photograph is genuine or has been manipulated, a child protection charity has expressed concern for the well being of the youngster.
The search is now on for the person or persons responsible for the picture, for whoever created the user profile and for those who have seen the photograph but failed to report it.
The authorities have suggested that everyone party to the posting – including those who have seen the picture – could face prosecution and, if convicted, a jail sentence.
This is regardless of whether the picture is faked.
Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa’s spokesman, Zweli Mnisi, said his boss had ordered an “immediate investigation” and called on the man in the picture – or anyone who recognised him – to come forward to assist in the probe.
Mnisi said: “If, indeed, it reflects a real incident, those responsible must be severely punished.”
The investigation was sparked when the Sunday Times presented the link to the site to the authorities.
Article continues on his blog.