CORONAVIRUS: Chinese community battles threats, discriminatory comments

Chinese Association Gauteng chairperson Erwin Pon says the Chinese community has had to battle discriminatory comments from other South Africans since the Coronavirus oubtreak.

While most of the racist and threatening comments have been made online, Pon has relayed how his own daughter is being bullied at school.

Majority of it has been online, some even suggesting or wanting to cause harm.

Erwin Pon, Chairperson - Chinese Association in Gauteng

Something happened and hit much closer to home. My daughter came back from school the other day and she was teased and said the kids were talking about the virus, said that it was a Chinese virus and it is because the Chinese eat everything - they eat cats and dogs.

Erwin Pon, Chairperson - Chinese Association in Gauteng

It was a horrible feeling and almost helplessness to see your little kid at school being bullied.

Erwin Pon, Chairperson - Chinese Association in Gauteng

He says the association has created a war room to tackle the fake news surrounding the virus.

We try and verify and go to the source before people start spreading this panic around.

Erwin Pon, Chairperson - Chinese Association in Gauteng

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