Hate speech charge laid against Jacob Zuma

2012-02-24 18:19
Johannesburg - Rightwing group the Gelofte Volk laid a complaint of hate speech against President Jacob Zuma at the Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg on Friday.

Gelofte Volk leader Andre Visagie said he presented the charges "on behalf of the boer nation".

The first charge was for Zuma's singing "the forbidden song", "dubul' ibhunu" (shoot the boer) at the African National Congress's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein on January 11.

The second was against the ministry of police for allegedly failing to intervene at the trial of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader Eugene Terre'blanche's killers, when black people held up signs saying "boere word gebleksem" (sic).

The third charge related to the ANC government's "failure" to employ a special force to protect farmers after the dissolution of military commandos.


The ANC government also discriminated against the boer youth "in that they are deliberately excluded from employment in the government [and] private sector", Visagie said.

"Now they are punished for 'apartheid' because they have a white skin."

The presidency earlier said it was unaware of the complaint by the fringe group.

Spokesperson Mac Maharaj said: "I am sure that they [the HRC] will attend to it through the proper procedures".

He said the presidency would not be sending someone to hear the complaint on Friday.

Visagie said he hoped the case would draw international media attention because "we are killed in this country just because we have white skins".

The Gelofte Volk (People of the Covenant) was founded by Visagie, the AWB's former general secretary.

About 15 of the group's supporters, most of them middle-aged women, gathered outside the commission's offices before the complaint was heard.

They held up the Vierkleur flag, and a placard that read "stop die plaasmoorde" (stop farm murders).

Andries Terre'blanche, brother of Eugene, joined Visagie and the leadership of the Volk to lay the complaint.
Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  andre visagie  |  hate speech  |  farm attacks

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.