Malema must apologise, pay fine

2010-03-15 11:25

Johannesburg – The Equality Court on Monday found ANC Youth League president Julius Malema guilty of hate speech and harassment.

"This court is satisfied that the utterances by the respondent... amounted to hate speech," said Magistrate Colleen Collis.

"The uttered words constitute harassment as contemplated in the Equality Act."

Collis ordered Malema to make an unconditional public apology within two weeks and pay R50 000 to a centre for abused women within one month.

Collis concluded her judgment with a word of wisdom to Malema.

"Mr Malema, being a man of vast political influence, be wary of turning into a man that often speaks but never talks."


The Sonke Gender Justice group's Mbuyiselo Botha extended a hand of friendship to Malema outside court after the judgment.

"We open our doors to the Youth League and Mr Malema. We would like to work with them," Botha told reporters.

He said Sonke would like to work with the league in addressing problems young people of SA face on a daily basis.

Botha said Sonke felt vindicated after the ruling in their favour. Asked what he wanted Malema to say in his apology, Botha replied: "We want him to say he apologises for the hurt and the pain he caused."

A handful of Sonke supporters celebrated outside the court, carrying placards that stated "Only one in 20 rapes are reported" and singing "Malema is a Mickey Mouse".

Joyce Dlamini, 27, said she was "very excited" by the judgment.

Malema 'a Mickey Mouse'

"We were singing that Malema doesn't know what he wants. He's got a big, loud mouth but he's a Mickey Mouse."

Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena said that he would study the judgment and take instructions from his client, who was not present at court, on whether to appeal or not.

Sonke took Malema to court for saying President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser had "a nice time".

He made the comment while addressing 150 Cape Peninsula University of Technology students last January.

According to court papers, Malema said "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".

He was referring to the woman who had accused Zuma of rape, a charge on which he was acquitted.

  • Digit - 2010-03-15 11:35

    R50'000.00 !!! is this the value of the lives this fools hate speech would extinguish? C'mon, this is protectionism to the fullest. Malema should be forced to stepm down from the ANCYL and be fined 30 - 40 % of his income !!! This is mollycoddling epitomised !! Malema is a serious threat to SA in every way imaginable !!!

  • Jacques de Villiers - 2010-03-15 11:40


  • Charl - 2010-03-15 11:40

    'Bout damn time.

  • Womble - 2010-03-15 11:41

    Justice in baby steps. Finally Malema has been brought to book for that gob that spues excrement whenever there is an audience. Hopefully he will land in hot water with the kill the boer comments too, then his traffic fines, then touch wood for some irregularities with his directorships then it will be all she wrote.

  • PERFUME - 2010-03-15 11:41

    It should of been more than R50 000

  • Wondering - 2010-03-15 11:43

    You can't have a leader of the ruling party spewing words of hate against one (minority) sector of society, especially not when it involves the killing of innocent people or abuse of woman. What happened to reconciliation? The ANC has a duty to include, incorporate and let minorities feel part - not to use their power to intimidate & threaten. Last week's singing of a struggle song wasn't done in rememberance of past freedom fighters, it was done to instigate hate. So they say it is a metaphor? Me think it is just a poor excuse for the real deal. No other country would condone this, why should SA be any different? I hope FIFA & the world takes note of the the true sentiments of the ruling party - no better advertising! We are definitely moving backwards from the golden age of Madiba.

  • adam botha - 2010-03-15 11:44

    Malema, you are an embarrasement to your own people and YOU alone are giving the black community, and South Africa, a bad name. Instead of moving on and accepting the faults of the past, you linger in it and therefore there would never be change since you do not allow change to happen. Dont you think it is time to bow down and make way for someone who can ensure the future of this country to be one of, peace and prosperity for black, white, indian, coloured etc, people. We are tired of hearing the same old boring repetitive talks on how racist this country is. You sound like a broken record. GROW UP!! Without your negativity, South africa will already be a better place for all of us to live in.

  • Jacques - 2010-03-15 11:44

    Good riddance...!! Yeehaaa

  • Jane - 2010-03-15 11:45

    Hopefully the judgement regarding the "kill the boers" will be harsher! R 50 000 is chicken feed!

  • mikeh - 2010-03-15 11:45

    Do you think this will teach the loud mouth
    a lesson? Now someone needs to take him to court for singing " kill the farmer ".

  • Willem Louw - 2010-03-15 11:46

    You must be joking. Is there a price for a farmer`s life? How did they determine this?
    If the government wants to do themselves a foavour, they will stop the killing of our farmers immediately.

  • Justice will prevail! - 2010-03-15 11:46

    Yes Mr Julius what do you have to say now. I know that you going to make up some laim excuse that this did not rule in your favour!

  • whiteandproud - 2010-03-15 11:46

    1 many more to go? Best this idiot open up a fund to pay all his fines..because he just can't help himself..the moment he opens his mouth..his brain goes into idiot mode and the rubbish just pours out!! This idiot deserves a lead injection

  • Kerry - 2010-03-15 11:47

    At least something has been done, a mere slap on the wrist, but at least noted, which is more than I can say for our government. Now, how are we going to stop future utterances from this stupid idiot? Perhaps a shock collar that goes off every time he opens his mouth.

  • Olive - 2010-03-15 11:47

    Does this mean he now has a criminal record?

  • pieto - 2010-03-15 11:49

    The poor sad sack says he is living a life of poverty. He has just spent in excess of 400k on a birthday party. Where is he going to get all THAT dow from? Sell one of his cars he was given to by a friend? I can not wait for the apology either.

  • John - 2010-03-15 11:49

    Water off a ducks back for Malema. He makes 50K a day on tender rigging.

  • Jane Chiloane - 2010-03-15 11:50

    FANTASTIC! Some of his ill gotten gains will now go back into government coffers... Be interesting to see if he receives a fine for his latest hate speach charge - you know the "kill the boer" song. Hopefully its a hell of a lot more considering all the farm murders. Both black and white farmers are in a daily struggle for their lives.

  • Vanessa - 2010-03-15 11:51

    A welcome verdict, but the fine should have been more. He should be ordered to do community service with an abuse centre, and he should personally apologise to the woman and the family that he has offended.

  • Bodge - 2010-03-15 11:51

    Shame, I wonder if a man who "has never seen a million rands" will be able to afford this. I'm sure his cronies in the anc will have it sorted in no time

  • Donovan - 2010-03-15 11:52

    What a joke, he earned 146 million last year, he should be ordered to pay 100 million

  • Kerry - 2010-03-15 11:53

    Its a start!!!! Finally....

  • MOTOR MOUTH - 2010-03-15 11:53

    So, he's going to pay a R50 000 fine out of whose coffer? The tax payers, that's who! Why don't we just give him a slap on the hand as that would probably be a more effective punishment. Get real people. See this man for what he really is. I hope that other countries start imposing sanctions on South Africa and it's government for the atrocities against white South Africans!

  • Rich - 2010-03-15 11:54

    Digit I think you're confusing this case with the Boer one? That one as far as I can see hasn't been judged yet.

  • i_be luffin it - 2010-03-15 11:54

    although it wouldve been great to have a higher fine remember thats not the point. this enema has been found GUILTY and for hate speech nogal. thsi is extremely discrediting to both the ANC and someone being groomed for the future. what the ANC does now will determine a lot for its future. whos laughing now....

  • TAFKAD - 2010-03-15 11:55

    The only reason they're protecting him is that they want him to be on of the future ANC presidents. The youth feel hard done by and once they get Malema to a position of power, it will be payback time. Passports in order?

  • Fred - 2010-03-15 11:55

    The question now is: Will he actually pay this slap on the wrist fine, or will he ignore it like all his outstanding traffic fines ?. This idiot thinks he is above the law, and is under the protection of Open Fly Zuma. The useless punk should be sent to prison in Siberia.

  • Tokolosi - 2010-03-15 11:57

    Malema does not pay any fines what difference is this one. He must be careful - nobody thought that Hammas could be killed

  • Barry - 2010-03-15 11:57

    As a taxpayer, I am anxiously waiting to receive that bill....

  • callan - 2010-03-15 11:57

    What a laugh? So now he's going to take our money to pay his fine. He should step down!!

  • James - 2010-03-15 11:57

    Will anything happen if he refuses to apologize and pay? Probably not.

  • hater of Julius Malema - 2010-03-15 11:58

    I think he deserves everything coming to him, he is a low life with no brain - he is what we call an "empty vessel", because he makes the most noise!!!! Malema you are a discrage to this country and to all the leaders who have fought hard to make it the country it is today!!!!!

  • eeeish - 2010-03-15 11:58

    What will it help. It is like fining Mugabe R50k. Malema is busy ruining the last hope SA had on any reconcilation. Bye bye SA, here I come Australia.

    Get out of SA while you can. Just wait and see what happens after the world cup.

  • TNC - 2010-03-15 11:58

    Malema will gladly pay the R50 000 from our taxes through the ANC.

  • Ken - 2010-03-15 11:58

    May this be the first of many judgments against him

  • LR - 2010-03-15 11:59


  • Monkey Business - 2010-03-15 11:59

    I cant believe that this guy gets off with a fine. Why is he still a representative of the ANC. He is making a mockery of everything mandela fought for with his stupid comments and limited political experience. South Africa is a better place without people like him.. why does he have a voice when everything that comes out his mouth hurts our national image and the people who want a better future... FIRE him!

  • Deo - 2010-03-15 12:00

    There's more fines to come

  • EJL - 2010-03-15 12:00

    Asking the impossible. Julius Malema cannot apologize, his ego won't allow it.

  • Jack - 2010-03-15 12:01

    Julius, time to pay some of those millions that you claim you do not have...

  • Gemsbok - 2010-03-15 12:01

    What a happy day!! Come Jules - put your money where youre mouth is!
    But ag shame, where is he going to find the R50 000-00? On recent reports he said that he is poor. But what he Hell, a couple of new Goverment contracts and he is ready to pay the fine.

  • Shame - 2010-03-15 12:01

    Shame, how will he afford this on only R20k a month salary.

  • Katie - 2010-03-15 12:02

    Thank heaven for the judgement, it shows we still have some, a little, civilization left in this country. Now let us civilised people build on that.

  • Jason - 2010-03-15 12:02

    HAHAHAHAHA, Brilliant

  • Observer - 2010-03-15 12:03

    Mal'ema is dangerous, this guy wil keep soccer supporters away. This fine is way to low, must be a minimum of R1000.000,00 and if any new hate utterred, this fine wil be double and after that, jail with no option of fine and parole. this guy is dangerous. Soccer observer from Holland.

  • wayne - 2010-03-15 12:03

    Apparently there were 2 farmers killed this weekend, their families should sue the government....

  • Tango - 2010-03-15 12:03

    A small victory! I do hope this will make him close up those loose lips of his before he spues forth rubbish in future.

  • Dsub - 2010-03-15 12:05

    I wonder which government coffer Julius will dip his hand into to find the 50k? A fine means nothing when the money that you use to pay the fine is free ....

  • SJ - 2010-03-15 12:06

    Rubbish Malema apologise nothing!

  • smallfry - 2010-03-15 12:06

    small change from all the millions that he took from the poor