PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Stream of Gold
 
Comments: 20
Article views: 854
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Stream of Gold's badges.
 

Censorship and Hate Speech

17 February 2013, 18:26
The debate in South Africa is often stifled because we try too hard not to offend. We stop people that offend us from debating honestly by censoring them.

I grew up in an era were censorship was the norm. A whole generation of South Africans were raised on a diet of stars on nipples, religious brainwashing and political lies promulgated as truth. There were no alternative points of view because any opposition was fiercely dealt with and no truth was allowed to be published. Having said that one man's truth is another's propoganda.

I find the term freedom of speech quite interesting, because it always comes with strings attached. You can say whatever you want unless I don't like it. The bloke with the biggest gun always has more freedoms.

In our beloved country we can say anything we like unless of course it offens someone and is branded hate speech. 

Hate speech is not language defined as offensive to someone else, it is defined as language that can lead to the harm of another. In order to make my point understood I am going to use an example of hate speech and an example of speech that will offend. 

As our President, The most honorable, fearless leader has recently accused dog ownership and care of being unafrican and a white thing, I thought we could focus on this for starters, Hate speech or just idiocy that will offend? On it's own it would be classed as common stupidity and could be argued as offensive to white dog owners.

If this statement was made by Sipho Ndlovu from Joe Slovo Park in Thembisa, it could be safely ignored as the mutterings of a moron, however when the fearless leader of a nation makes the same statement in conjunction with a history of other idiotic statement and singing of songs, we could argue that it is not just common stupidity, but it is speech made to foster race hate, in other words hate speech.

Our fearless leaders attack on hapless white dog owners, along with his blaming of apartheid for the current violence we are experiencing, and his singing of Dubula Ibhunu creates a track record of racism and speech designed not only to offend but to foster hatred of one part of the South African.

The question is, should we be censoring our fearless leader or should we be educating him? I am of the opinion that we should respect free speech even if we find it totally offensive. How else are we going to be able to identify the idiots and send them to training camps to be brainwashed?

Seriously I believe that we should support and encourage those that have differing opinions, especially to ine to argue their cases. I don't care if the moron is a black supremacist or a Afrikaner Without Brains, we need to allow them to utter their stupidity so that we can laugh at them and teach them.

When a moron in the bank line complains about the pretty poor service since they have taken over, ask them who the branch manger is and mostly ask them if they remember the queues at the municipality, and being sent from pillar to post at government departments is the "good old days" I do and sadly very little has changed. It's just different idiots behind the counter.

The truth of the matter is that anyone that has a government job is there for the pension and the salary, and this has always been so.

Take every moment to educate, to debate and to help our country heal, do not ignore someone just because he has a difference of opinion, maybe you can learn from me and I from you. Like you I am just a normal South African man fighting the daily fight to survive, to be heard and to have a less complicated life. 
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Linamandla Mpolase
To the Lost Generation

If you are reading this you are either part of the now dubbed "Lost Generation" or you are going to be; and its just that you haven't realised that.  Read more...

3 comments 598 views
Submitted by
Caitlin Spring
Rhodes Changed Something

The Rhodes Must Fall Movement captured something in UCT’s community that I have never seen before. For the first time in a long time people were saying what they actually felt, unabated. Read more...

20 comments 954 views
Submitted by
Lehlohonolo Nyetanyane
Vavi would make a good DA leader

Expelled Secretary geneneral of Cosatu Zwlinzima Vavi seems to have changed his tune from defending African National Congress with every fibre of his being to badgering it at every given opportunity. Read more...

4 comments 190 views
Submitted by
Sesi Xvi
To benefit with New Pan Africanis...

The New Pan Africanism is based on proper things about Africans and Africa. The New Pan Africanism has come better for the better Read more...

3 comments 134 views
Submitted by
Nomalizo Mazwayi
Academic integrity or lack thereo...

I am a MEd (Master of Education) student at the University of Fort Hare, East London campus. Read more...

12 comments 602 views
Submitted by
Sonke Gender Justice
On Africa Day, we call on the Sou...

It is “Africa Day,” and Sonke urges the government to take urgent steps to repair relations with other countries in Africa, and to embrace African unity. Read more...

3 comments 513 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.