Date set for Juju court hearing

2010-04-07 12:34

The AfriForum Youth’s hate speech complaint against Julius Malema

will begin with procedural matters on May 3 in the Equality Court in

Johannesburg, the group said.

Chairperson Ernst Roets explained that no evidence will be led or

witness statements taken, as it will focus on procedural matters relating to

their challenge to Malema’s singing of the lyrics “shoot the boer”.

Roets said: “We welcome the fact that a date for a directive

hearing has been set.”

The High Court in Pretoria recently granted an interdict preventing

Malema from singing the lyrics, pending the start of the Equality Court case,

and this was followed by a similar interdict later in the High Court in

Johannesburg.

Roets said that the May 3 “directive hearing” would be for the

parties to meet and decide how the legal process will go forward.

Issues for discussion will include whether it will be heard before

a judge or a magistrate, which court it will be in and to set a date for the

official hearing.

On March 15, the Equality Court ruled that Malema had used hate

speech relating to comments about the woman who laid a charge of rape against

President Jacob Zuma.

He plans to appeal that ruling.

The furore around the words “shoot the boer” – the insertion of a

chant by former youth league leader Peter Mokaba, into the song “the cowards are

afraid“, reached fever pitch when AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was killed on

Easter Saturday.

The ANC says the song is part of their liberation heritage and

should not be taken literally, while others believe it incites violence.

AfriForum drew up a list of 1 600 people murdered on South African

farms in recent years to show that Malema’s words could have consequences, but

when they tried to deliver it to the league’s offices in Johannesburg, they were

refused entry and the lists were trampled into the gutter outside the building.


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