The edits on Wikipedia were made at 06:34 on Wednesday. Previous edits which were made on Sunday, December 10 referred to him as a “wanker”.
He refused to comment on the report at the time.
On Wednesday, Niehaus said Wikipedia could “not escape” the mess that had been on his page.
“In any democratic society, people can disagree and criticise me but it has to be reasonable.”
Niehaus, who had initially not been aware of what was written about him on the online encyclopedia, said that to “abuse platforms such as Wikipedia is entirely unacceptable”.
He said Wikipedia should not allow such words and descriptions to be added without an editing process.
Wikipedia uses an open model that relies on mostly anonymous volunteers to edit and update content.
According to its “about” page, the community is largely self-organizing and approves editors and administrators, who are aided by software-assisted systems and automated programmes for problematic edits.
Anyone can report and correct intentional vandalism.
“I have been elected a couple of months ago to the national executive of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association.
“I carry the responsibility and respect of my organization and beyond that, I think it is beneath me to respond to abuse like that being put on any website.
“All social media and internet institutions have vetting processes and Wikipedia should not be allowed to escape.”
By: Jeanette Chabalala/News24