Malema files appeal against song ruling

2011-12-06 18:35
Bloemfontein – ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has filed a notice of appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday against a court ruling that he was guilty of hate speech.

The South Gauteng High Court convicted him in September after Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum took him to court for singing the song "Shoot the Boer".

Judge Colin Lamont granted Malema leave to appeal.

Lamont held the words undermined the dignity of people and were discriminatory and harmful.

"No justification exists allowing the words to be sung... the words were in any event not sung on a justifiable occasion."

Lamont said it was not relevant whether the words were not exposed to some people of society.

"If it is exposed to a portion of society then it is relevant."

An SCA official said the matter was expected to be on the court roll for the sitting in September 2012.
- SAPA
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