TAU SA 'vindicated' by hate speech ruling
Johannesburg - The ANC and its youth must accept a judgment that the "dubhula ibhunu", (shoot the boer) song amounted to hate speech, farmer union TAU SA said on Monday.
"The time has come to stop fighting...and respect cultural groups and [different] races," its president Louis Meintjes said.
"The judgment... has vindicated TAU in its attempt to erase hate speech from South African society and contribute to put an end to violent victimisation of farmers and farm dwellers."
ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was earlier in the day found guilty of hate speech in the South Gauteng High Court for singing the "shoot the boer song".
Judge Collin Lamont ruled that it undermined the dignity of certain people, and was hurtful, discriminatory and harmful.
In light of the ruling, the TAU SA called on government to give attention to violent crimes perpetrated on farms and smallholdings.
"It is imperative that the scope of such crimes become visible," said Meintjes.
He asked government to consider the establishment of a dedicated unit to act against such criminals, and maintain a database of farm attacks.