ANC to take FF+ to court

2010-03-30 14:35

The ANC will file an application in the Equality Court to complain

about the Freedom Front Plus’ (FF+) “prosecute Malema” campaign, it said

today.

“[The application will] test whether the publicly announced

‘prosecute Malema’ campaign by the Freedom Front Plus constitutes real hate

speech or not,” ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said briefing the media

after a meeting of ANC officials yesterday.

“We also remind ourselves that part of our ugly history is that

when the right-wing groups started an aggressive propaganda about individual

members of our movement in the part, such members ended up being assassinated,”

Mantashe said.

He cited examples such as the Pepco Three and late Chris

Hani.

“We are hoping that there is no attempt to create such an

environment around the young man, Malema, irrespective of the irritation we may

be having with him.”

Mantashe also expressed concern about the Pan African Congress

Youth saying that Malema will be found either in a hospital or a mortuary.

The PAC youth made the comment after Malema insisted that the

Sharpeville protest in 1960 against pass laws was organised by the ANC and not

the PAC.

Mantashe said it was a fact of history that the PAC did indeed

organise the Sharpeville and Langa protests.

However, at the time when the comments were made the ANC declined

to comment on its position.

“The reality is ... the 21st of March 1960 ... was a PAC campaign.

“It is a fact of history ... there is no need to dilly dally about that,”

Mantashe said.

He said it was not the ANC’s responsibility to talk about other

political parties and that the party was not the spokesperson for the PAC.

He urged law enforcement agencies to probe the threat against

Malema.

He argued that the PAC youth wing’s comments against Malema were

not just hate speech but a “public declaration of the intention to kill”.

 


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