Smart to write ‘formal letter’ to AWB

2010-04-08 12:17

The newly formed Social Movement Against Racist Tendencies (Smart) will not go

ahead with its plans to try and interdict the AWB from flying the old SA flag at

Eugene Terre’Blanche’s funeral tomorrow.

The organisation had a meeting with its legal team this morning and

decided it was more appropriate to write a formal letter to the AWB, asking them

not to fly the old flag, Smart spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said.

“We decided we will first write letters to the ANC Youth League

[ANCYL] and the AWB, asking the ANCYL not to sing the song (containing the

lyrics “shoot the boer“) and the AWB not to fly the flag at the funeral.

“We believe the letters were a more appropriate and correct

approach.”

Lesufi said today that Smart was briefing its legal team to apply

for an urgent interdict to stop displays of the old South African flag at

Terre’Blanche’s funeral in Ventersdorp.

A symbol of white

oppression

The old South African flag was seen as a symbol of white oppression

over the black majority during apartheid and its display considered inciteful in

the new South Africa.

Afrikaans groups saw the ANC struggle song “shoot the boer” as

inflammatory and claimed it was responsible for inciting attacks on

farmers.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe yesterday called on the ANC to

refrain from singing the song. The ANCYL however vowed today to continue singing

it.

Should anybody in the ANC sing the song, Smart would consult its

legal team on what action to take.

“We call on all parties to cease hostilities,” he said.

He said Smart had asked for a speedy response from the

organisations, so they could decide on whether to go to court or not.

Defiance

campaign

AWB spokesperson Pieter Steyn said there was no way they would ask

their members not to fly the old flag or vierkleur.

“Tell him he can go to court. We will oppose it. If Julius Malema

can ignore the court, so will we. That is the new South Africa.”

Lesufi said Smart would wait for a formal response.

He said Smart was trying to reach political analyst Lebohang Pheko,

who was threatened by AWB secretary general André Visagie in an interview on an

eNews programme yesterday.

“I’m not finished with you yet,” he told her as he walked off the

set. Smart planned to lay intimidation charges against Visagie.

“We are trying to get the victim and will go ahead with the charges

if she gives us the go-ahead.” He said Smart would only offer to help Pheko if

she wished to press charges.

Pheko said she was still reflecting on the incident and what it

meant to her and South Africa. “I am not sure if I would be taking legal action.

I am not that far ahead.”

She said she did not take Visagie’s threats seriously at all.

“I don’t allow myself to be threatened by any situation. There was

a lot more in the interview than the two-minute excerpt doing the rounds.”

She said South Africa still needed to acknowledge its past.

“Nobody wants to own the atrocities that took place in this

country.”


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