ANC, Afriforum to present settlement to SCA

2012-11-01 06:38

The ANC and Afriforum will present their settlement on the “Dubula iBhunu” song to the Supreme Court of Appeals.

The ANC yesterday dropped its appeal against a court order which was, in effect, a ban on the singing of “Shoot the Boer”. The settlement will be presented to the court today.

The ANC, Afriforum and Transvaal Agricultural Union SA (TAU SA) were signatories to the agreement.

The agreement reads: “The parties have agreed that Afriforum and TAU SA will abandon the equality court order and the ANC and (former ANC Youth League president Julius) Malema agree to abandon the appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal.

“The parties agree that the mediation agreement ... shall be made an order of court by the Supreme Court of Appeal.”

The appearance before the SCA will be for arguments to make the agreement an order of the court.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the agreement was important to the ANC.

“It is educating society that litigation should be the absolute last resort. We must (rather) engage, have talks and sign agreements. To us this is commitment and we are going to do everything we can to stick to the agreement that we have signed.”

According to the deal, all parties recognise the right to celebrate their individual heritage, and take into account that certain struggle songs might be seen as hurtful by minorities.

“In the interest of promoting reconciliation ... the ANC and Mr Malema commit to counselling and encouraging their respective leadership and supporters to act with restraint to avoid the experience of such hurt,” it reads.

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