Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest lender, said it suspended economist Chris Hart.He faces further disciplinary action for comments he made on Twitter that the bank said may have “racist undertones.”
The Johannesburg-based bank said on its website it distanced itself from Hart’s comments on Jan. 3, in which he said the victims of apartheid are “increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities.”
More than 25 years after Apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities….— Chris Hart (@chrishartZA) January 3, 2016
The statement caused a backlash on Twitter from people calling him a racist and urging Standard Bank clients to boycott the lender.
Hart later stated in a Twitter post, saying that he didn’t intend to cause offense and that his comments were meant to be read in the context of a slowing economy. Standard Bank said his earlier statements were “factually incorrect, make inappropriate assumptions about South Africa and have racist undertones.”
The banks says it will conduct an investigation.
“The inquiry will be conducted in line with the bank’s established protocols and its obligations in law,” it said.
What kind of "inquiry" are they going to conduct? Are they going to scour news accounts and social media to see if blacks are bitching too much?
The black South African, Thabang Mokotong, who has several degrees in international law and works in South Africa as a contract manager at Siemens Power & Gas, agreed with Hart when he originally made his tweet:
@chrishartZA I agree this attitude stems from political parties promising free things. These slogan must change. Money is earned not printed— Thabang Mokotong (@FDGDTI) January 3, 2016
More Chris Hart tweets:
SA now 96th most economically free. Ease of doing business also more difficult. These things must improve for SA to grow and lead Africa— Chris Hart (@chrishartZA) January 3, 2016
The rise in state spending has effectively transferred resources from high multiplier activity to lower multiplier activity, slowing growth— Chris Hart (@chrishartZA) January 3, 2016
The labour force numbers: (roughly) 110 000 unemployed whites; 8million unempl blacks; 14mil employed (total); 2 mill employed whites— Chris Hart (@chrishartZA) January 3, 2016