Youth league to discuss hate speech judgment

2011-09-14 07:32

The ANC Youth League’s leadership would provide its analysis of a judgment which declared an anti-apartheid refrain “awudubula ibhuna” (shoot the boer) hate speech, at a press conference in Johannesburg today.

On Monday the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg interdicted league president Julius Malema and the ruling ANC from using the words publicly or privately, and called on others not to use them for the sake of conciliation.

Ignoring the interdict, made in terms of the Equality Act, could lead to arrest for contempt of court.

Outside the court, during a pause in league supporters’ singing of the words in spite of the interdict, league secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa said they would only comment once they had studied the judgment.

Malema was taken to court in a civil case brought by the youth wing of minority rights group AfriForum, who said the words felt threatening to Afrikaners and farmers and had no place in a democratic South Africa.

Malema and witnesses for the ANC, which joined the proceedings, said the words formed part of the ANC’s history and should not be taken literally. The ANC said it was appalled by the judgment and would probably contest it.

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said they would announce the way forward at the press conference at ANC headquarters, Luthuli House.

Shivambu and five league office bearers, including Malema and Magaqa, are in the midst of a party disciplinary matter relating in part to a recent public statement of support that they would help political opposition in Botswana remove the current government there.

The league has since apologised and withdrawn the statement.

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