Advocacy of hatred is not in our constitution

2019-03-27 06:00

WITNESS reporter and columnist Clive Ndou, in my opinion, is one of the best in his terrain who reports interestingly and writes intelligently.

His report on the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) meeting (The Witness, March 15) was in no way slanted, exaggerated or favoured the ANC.

Samrem is not the voice of Indians who live in the northern areas.

As Magistrate Ashin Singh had the right to speak, members of the audience had that right too. Samrem needs an education — our Constitution states that “the right to freedom of expression does not extend to advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion or that which constitutes incitement to cause harm”.

Racism, intolerance and bullying are reminiscent of apartheid.

For democracy to flourish, social cohesion is a non-negotiable.

The anomaly remains — how can Samrem achieve anything as a minority group without meaningfully engaging with the ANC? MP Yunus Carrim’s advice to Samrem to interact meaningfully with the ANC should be a turning point for Samrem.

JAY JUGWANTH

Northdale

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