Hate Speech about Diwali in Ballito?

A personal comment posted on a social media platform has offended the Indian community who celebrated Diwali this week. The comments, now removed, have caused a ruckus on Facebook and even ended up being discussed on East Coast Radio.

The fireworks, used as part of the Diwali celebration, seem to get attention every year as the noise from the fireworks seemingly upsets some people and also affects some pets.

The comments posted by the local Ballito girl on Facebook got a strong repsonse and had people finding companies and other associations on Facebook that were linked in some way or another to her, and posted opinions about the now removed post. Sadly the point itself, which was about the inappropriate nature of the comment made, has got lost in personal or defamatory comments about the individual. Some of the responses are in themselves hate speech and goes to show that personal opinions about religous celebrations, people, politics and other sensative points are best left off Facebook or Twitter.

As a contestant of Miss Ballito in the past year, the The Rotary Club of Zimbali and the Miss Ballito Pageant had to issue a comment disassociating itself from any personal views or comments made by any person/s whatsoever as the competitions page had angry individuals looking for some sort of reaction to the post. Another local business received 14 posts on their page relating to the girl in question and the businesses previous association with her.

We hope that people learn from this unfortunate incident which has left people angry and frustrated and still looking for a way to vent their frustrations.

Editor: Please note that while we will keep comments open on this article we request that they remain civil and address issues respectfully.




    16/11/2012 at 09:49

    an apology is need from her that would settle everything…. i mean really dont we deserve that much…????

  2. Karen

    16/11/2012 at 10:11

    How sad that this kind of thing happens, especially from someone within our community.
    I pride myself on being able to live in Ballito, with all its diversity. I am so fortunate to experience thsi way of life evry day, and not just twice a year on holiday.
    I hope that visitors will not judge all Ballitonions by one sad, silly comment!

  3. streni

    16/11/2012 at 20:18

    Due to ignorance and immaturity many individuals make comments like this. So quick on the keyboard ,not realising the pain it causes to others. We are however very forgiving people if you are truly seeking forgiveness. I am Indian and don’t really like fireworks but am hurt by the way you have attacked my culture. Clearly your upbringing did not include respect and tolerance. Fortunately there is not many of your kind as i have many friends who embrace our wonderful culture.

  4. Drs Sears Appalsamy

    18/11/2012 at 17:25

    I live in the Netherlands and on New Years eve and the fireworks are all over the place even in my garden. No one objects to the noise. Yet youngsters keep the fireowrks burning from the beginning which is illegal but they stiil do it. When I lived in Wembley, a London suburb where mostly Indians live. They were given permission by the LONDON COUNCIL to light fireworkd for the whole evening. The wife of Boris Johnson who is the Mayor of London also enjoys fireworks and is wife is also of Indian origin.

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