Tau-SA lawyer: Hanekom an evasive witness

2011-04-18 13:05
Johannesburg - Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom was "an extremely evasive witness", TAU SA counsel Roelof du Plessis told him during cross examination in the Equality Court on Monday.

"You answer questions like a politician," said Du Plessis.

Hanekom was testifying in the hate speech trial against Julius Malema, which entered its second week on Monday.

The ANC Youth League president is being tried on a charge brought by the civil rights group AfriForum, which contends that his singing of a struggle song containing the lyrics "awudubhule ibhunu" (shoot the boer) constitutes hate speech.

On Friday, Hanekom, who is also a member of the ANC national executive committee, suggested a national dialogue on the matter.

Mantashe, Chabane expected to testify

He told the court the song bore no reference to an ethnic group, but referred to a system of racial oppression.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and Minister in the Presidency responsible for performance monitoring Collins Chabane were in court on Monday, and were expected to testify in Malema's defence.

Malema is expected to take the stand sometime this week in the South Gauteng High Court, which is sitting as the Equality Court.

ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also at court on Monday.

She has been at Malema's side since the start of the case, which has been set down for 10 days.

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