Youth league defies hate speech ruling

2011-09-26 07:41

Eastern Cape ANC Youth League leader Ayanda Matiti has defied a court order by singing banned song “shoot the boer” to more than 5 000 people, according to a newspaper report today.

Addressing African National Congress centenary celebrations in Queenstown on Sunday, Matiti started singing the song but was forced to stop after the microphone was taken away from him by MEC for local government Mlibo Qoboshiyane.

The Sowetan newspaper reported Qoboshiyane as saying the “issue of the song” was still before the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Just before singing “Dubul’ ibhunu”, Matiti had been referring to a Queenstown court case in which a white man had allegedly shot his black neighbour over an argument about youth league president Julius Malema.

“The mlungu [white person] shot a member of our youth league and got a paltry bail of R3 000.”

He also referred to the case of rugby player Bees Roux who was found guilty of killing a Pretoria police officer.

In a later interview Qoboshiyane urged members to refrain from singing the song until an appeal on the hate speech ruling against Malema and the ANC had been heard.

“The matter is delicate and needs cool minds and mature leadership,” the Sowetan reported him as saying.

Civil rights initiative AfriForum, who laid the hate speech charges against Malema, reacted to the incident angrily and said Matiti had acted with “complete disregard of the law”.

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