Juju’s dates with justice

2010-04-08 09:43

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema has lodged an

appeal against an Equality Court judgment, which found comments he made about

President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser constituted hate speech, Business Day

reported on Thursday.

At an election rally in January last year, Malema said: “When a

woman didn’t enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice

time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and taxi money. You

can’t ask for taxi money from somebody who raped you.”

He was responding to a question about Zuma’s fitness for office by

referring to the judgment of Judge Willem van der Merwe, who acquitted Zuma of

rape in 2006.

Last month Malema was ordered by magistrate Colleen Collis to

publicly apologise and to pay R50?000 to People Opposing Women Abuse

(Powa).

Malema’s appeal will enable the high court to pronounce

authoritatively on the scope and meaning of the hate speech provisions in the

Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act and, perhaps,

its interpretation in line with the constitutional definition of hate speech,

the report added.

Malema said that when he made his comment, he was merely recounting

Van der Merwe’s judgment. If he had stereotyped rape victims, it was because the

judgment had done so, Malema said.

Malema is also due in the Johannesburg Equality Court for a

subsequent hate speech case, this time over the “Shoot the boer” song. Those

initial proceedings begin on May 3.



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