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Get all the highlights from the hate speech case against Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges in the Equality Court in Cape Town.
Judge Desai urged Kruger to make it clear to Bridges that the court is not the forum "for points to be made".
Funny moment in court as judge's phone rings. Won't censor himself, he quips #SunetteBridges— Paul Tim Herman (@PaulTHerman) January 20, 2015
Funny moment in court as judge's phone rings. Won't censor himself, he quips #SunetteBridges
Grey area around where the actual place of publication is when publishing on the internet. #SunetteBridges— Paul Tim Herman (@PaulTHerman) January 20, 2015
Grey area around where the actual place of publication is when publishing on the internet. #SunetteBridges
Arguments are under way. Judge Desai will hear why Bridges's legal team wants the case tried in Pretoria rather than Cape Town.
Bridges has been quoted as saying it's absurd to try the case in Cape Town.
The Afrikaans singer was recently in a public spat with local soapie star, Vinette Ebrahim.
The online brawl began when Bridges posted on her Facebook page: “While the whole world is celebrating the start of a brand new year I
would like you to spare a thought for the families of the 217 White
South Africans who were butchered by Black Savages in 2014... [and] 3
hours into 2015 they claimed another victim…”
A clearly angry Ebrahim then replied: "Well, how does it feel Sunette Bridges to be wearing the shoe that my people wore for so long?
“How does it feel to be the downtrodden minority? How does it feel to
be in fear for your life on a daily basis?
"How does it feel to be a
second class citizen in the land of your birth...?
"You will never see freedom as you knew it again. You have made it
impossible for yourself and those like you. Racists. Face the fact,
‘baasskap’ has disappeared never to re-emerge again.
"You and Steve Hofmeyr. Your little boeremag enclave is exactly that... little."
Ebrahim got a flood of responses with many using racist language against the actress.
. At the Equality Court for the HRC vs Sunette Bridges for alleged racism comments on her Facebook page @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/LorZzPM8sn— Bonga Dlulane (@BongaDlulane) January 20, 2015
. At the Equality Court for the HRC vs Sunette Bridges for alleged racism comments on her Facebook page @eNCAnews pic.twitter.com/LorZzPM8sn
Bridges won't be at the court in Cape Town today and wants the hearing moved to a court in Gauteng.
Proceedings are set to begin at 11.
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Bridges has been facing claims of racist comments on her Facebook page as far back as 2010. When an allegation was made back then, the singer laughed it off.
"It's absolutely pathetic that people think it's racist," Bridges said, after Chris du Plessis brought the comments to Beeld's attention.
At the time, Bridges had posted a comment saying: "Of all the instruments one can use to build STRAIGHT - a spirit level,
profiles, measuring tape, fishing line, square - a sjambok is the only
one that works for this Greenie of mine!!! EISH!!!!! Sx."
But Bridges said the comments were not serious and were about a man who did construction work for her and was like a "child" in her home.
Sapa reports: The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has accused
Sunette Bridges of hosting commentary on her Facebook page which constituted hate
speech, the commission's lawyer Brigit Rubinstein said in a statement on
"The SAHRC contends that Ms Bridges is in violation
of section 10(1) of the Equality Act, in that she has committed hate speech,
and is also in violation of section 11 of the Equality Act which deals with
harassment on the basis of race.
"The SAHRC has asked that Ms Bridges apologise
unconditionally across all the Facebook pages over which she has primary
control and that she removes all harassment and hate speech from these
The commission received complaints from the public about
the alleged hate speech on the singer's Facebook page for a number of years.
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