SAHRC plans 'shoot the boer' dialogue

2011-09-15 21:15

JOHANNESBURG Sept 15

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to host a "dialogue" on hate speech and freedom of expression after Monday's ruling on the "shoot the boer" song.

"The issues involved in this matter are so complex that they warrant a discussion that extends beyond the courts," the commission said on Thursday.

The Equality Court has ruled that ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema's singing of the "shoot the boer" song constitutes hate speech.

The SAHRC said it would use a complaint lodged with the commission by the Afrikanerbond on the now prohibited lyrics to explore beyond the legal issues of the judgment.

AfriForum Youth had laid a complaint of hate speech against ANCYL president Julius Malema after he sang the lyrics several times in public.

ANCYL plans to appeal the ruling.

The SAHRC said it had held off dealing with the Afrikanerbond complaint until the Equality Court case was finalised.

"Having now had an opportunity to consider the judgment and to reflect on the complaint brought by the Afrikanberbond against Mr Malema, the commission recognises that the questions pertaining to freedom of expression and hate speech are both complex and emotive."

SAHRC spokesman Vincent Moaga said it was important for the commission to provide a perspective on the issue of freedom of expression and hate speech.

The right to freedom of expression was enshrined in Section 16 of the Constitution, and the same right also allowed for freedom of speech, he said.

It did not extend to propaganda for war, incitement to violence or advocacy of hatred, so a balance was needed.

Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act provided further limitations and prohibited speech which had the intention to be harmful, hurtful, and to incite violence.

Moaga said dates and other arrangements for the dialogue still had to be finalised.

- SAPA
Read more on:    sahrc  |  afrikanerbond  |  ancyl  |  julius malema  |  hate speech
NEXT ON NEWS24X

8 dead in KZN accidents

2014-12-20 16:15
SHARE:

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
57 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

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.