Sonke Gender Justice Network to oppose Malema’s appeal

2010-10-28 09:11

The Sonke Gender Justice Network would oppose the application for condonation by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema against an Equality Court hate speech ruling, a network spokesperson said today.

Mbuyiselo Botha said: “Our lawyers think that we have a strong case and strong reasons.”

Malema’s lawyer was not immediately available to comment. Botha said the network’s board had decided to oppose the application.

The group felt Malema was not taking the matter seriously.

“On issues of patriarchy and violence against women, it is just an afterthought to them,” said Botha.

Last year the court ruled against Malema after the network complained about a statement that alluded to the woman who had accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

Malema was fined R50 000, which was to be paid to a women’s rights organisation within a month, and ordered to apologise publicly within two weeks of the ruling. This did not happen and the necessary appeal papers were not lodged.

Last week Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokwena, said they had applied for condonation, which means the court forgives the transgression, provided good reasons are given.

The comments that took the matter to court were: “When a woman didn’t enjoy it, she leaves early in the morning. Those who had a nice time will wait until the sun comes out, request breakfast and ask for taxi money.”

The sheriff of the court visited the ANC Youth League leader’s Sandton home last week to make a list of his assets to be attached after he failed to pay the fine.

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