ANC has double standards - FF Plus

2011-04-14 17:45
Pretoria - Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder on Thursday accused the African National Congress of double standards.

While the ANC was fighting in court to keep the slogan "shoot the boer", the ANC's secretary general Gwede Mantashe was objecting to a Constitutional Court decision "that Robert McBride may indeed be called a murderer", Mulder said in a statement.

"It is absolute double standards of the ANC to want to decide which history they want to keep and which history does not suite them," he said.

The majority of South Africans wanted to live in peace.

"To try and justify in court 'shoot the boer' in the current times of farm murders and then to sing it in front of the court, reveals an insensitivity and an arrogance of the ANC which does not promote harmony and peace," said Mulder.

"At the same time, the ANC is demanding that Mr Robert McBride is not called a murderer. This is double standards."

He said South Africa needed "a Mandela atmosphere and not a Malema atmosphere".

The Constitutional Court on Friday held that the Reconciliation Act did not make the fact that McBride committed murder untrue.

It found that the act did not prohibit frank public discussion of his deed and did not prevent him from being described as a "criminal".

McBride was responsible for the deaths of three people in the Magoo's bar bomb in Durban in 1986 and was found guilty of murder.

He was initially sentenced to death, but was later granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mulder said: "Amnesty did not change the facts and Mr Mantashe's comments can also not do it, even though he had received amnesty."

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is standing trial in the Equality Court on a charge of hate speech brought by the civil rights group AfriForum over his singing of a struggle song containing the lyrics "shoot the boer" or "awudubhule ibhunu".
 

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