TAU SA 'vindicated' by hate speech ruling

2011-09-12 13:25

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.

  • cj.venter - 2011-09-12 13:39

    finally, some progress!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-12 13:41

      now we just have to find out how much the "some" is.

      happycamper - 2011-09-12 14:00

      how will this teach Mr. malema? what's the sentence?

      letsee - 2011-09-12 14:16

      Does TAU think Julius cares?

      GuyverXT9 - 2011-09-12 14:25

      @happycamper: the only sentence fit for that moron would be either death or being exiled from this country.

      Chief - 2011-09-12 14:43

      GuyverXT9: "@happycamper: the only sentence fit for that moron would be either death or being exiled from this country." -This words are far worse than Malema

      Thando - 2011-09-13 06:10

      malema might stop singing the song,but what about other malemas?

  • happycamper - 2011-09-12 14:03

    Oooo sh@t...i have a new hero... go Mr Meintjies..

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-12 14:06

    Yaaaaay!!! i wonder where Sganja is... He might have something to say about all this... Lol!!! I'm glad he was found guilty... But the damage is still done... sadly...

      Action - 2011-09-12 14:18

      The damage was done before Julius sang this stupid song. I vindication or not, this will have no impact on the amount of crime. Ironically the polarisation and media attention this has recieved might further fuel attacks on farmers.

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-12 14:24

      Exactly what I'm trying to say Action...

  • Zion - 2011-09-12 14:08

    Besides all the volumnes and floods of words nothing has been done by those who proclaim themselves as able to do what the TAU SA has done. Thank you TAU SA You make it worth while staying in the country. You have shown the audacity to tread where others have no heart.

  • letsee - 2011-09-12 14:16

    Does TAU think Julius cares?

  • JosephMkhize - 2011-09-12 14:30

    Hatred only has power if you allow it to spread into your heart. Black and white children will need to live together in this country. Let's be the responsible leaders they demand of us to be. Stop the hatred now.

      zena - 2011-09-12 14:46

      I think that most Black and White children are already following their own path and making up their own minds. Yes, lets be responsible and not impose the past on them, but rather let them build a future together for themselves and learn from this. Together they can change through understanding and tolerance.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-12 14:53

    You can't build a nation on hate, hopefully we heal and move on and leave Julius behind

  • Girltjie - 2011-09-12 15:26

    JM must start his own political party and see if he really has the support he claims to have. Most SA black people really do not like him at all as he do not show respect to others.

  • Sal - 2011-09-12 16:12

    Can we not stop this polarization,rasism and hate talk? Did you watch the Bok send-off,did you see black and white children hug each other.Can this not be the future Mr Malema,why do you want to alienate the people and drive the country to anarchy and genoside? Who will invest here and create employment for the people you profess to represent..your talk is creating more unemployment..please use your God given leadership qualities and undoubted intellegence to create tolerance and an investment enviroment.

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