Hate complaint lodged against Sasco

2010-11-10 19:14

Johannesburg - AfriForum Youth on Wednesday lodged a charge of hate speech against the SA Students Congress (Sasco), for putting up contentious posters for a student council election at a university in Cape Town.

"The poster is racist, xenophobic and inciting," AfriForum Youth chairperson Ernst Roets said in a statement.

"Since the matter could not be resolved by talks, AfriForum Youth is left with no other option but to take it to the next level... to lodge a charge with the SA Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg," he said.

A hate speech charge was laid on Tuesday for the use of potentially derogatory terms - "One Boer one bullet" and "Blacks only organisation (strictly South Africans)" - in the poster.

The youth body had sent a letter to Sasco president Mbulelo Mandlana after receiving complaints about the posters put up at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The letter asked Mandlana whether the poster was a reflection of its policy and if not, to distance itself from the wording and take action against the students involved.

Roets said Mandlana apparently then railed against AfriForum Youth during a media conference in response.

Sasco could not be reached for comment.

  • Roderick - 2010-11-10 20:14

    The sad thing is that AfriForum will be accused of being racist for taking this matter further...

  • timgregorysa - 2010-11-10 21:19

    not cool.. "strictly South Africans" can't keep pulling the race card and moaning about entrenched racism in SA if they continue to polarise and incite based on race

  • AllHoliday - 2010-11-11 09:45

    Who is the racists in this country really?? Everything get blamed on "apartheid", when will these people take responsibility for their own actions. Those posters is nothing but an embarresment to our country. Have they no shame? Why not respect one anothers differences and act accordingly. Why promote hatespeace? Why does the ruling party condone actions like this? Should the youth not be educated to act in a manner so that all of South Africa can be proud of them? Or is this just a matter of power struggle, to be in control, no matter the cost?

  • sxp - 2013-10-15 19:17

    So when do you take on the EFF with their posters?

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