NGO joins Malema hate speech case

2012-06-18 17:05

Johannesburg - A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been accepted as friend of the court in a hate speech case against expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) said on Monday the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) accepted its request on June 12.

The Legal Resources Centre would act on its behalf in the case.

"Casac believes the Equality Court failed to strike an appropriate balance between section 10 [right to human dignity] and section 16 [freedom of expression] of the Constitution," it said in a statement.

"Such a balance could be struck in this case without causing any undue limitation on the right to freedom of expression."

The South Gauteng High Court, sitting as the Equality Court, convicted Malema in September after lobby group AfriForum took him to court claiming his singing of the song "Dubula iBhunu [isiZulu for Shoot the Boer]", constituted hate speech.

Judge Colin Lamont held that the words undermined the dignity of people and were discriminatory and harmful.

In December, Malema filed notice of appeal at the SCA. The case is expected to be on the roll in September.

The NGOs, the Freedom of Expression Institute and Section 16, have also applied to be admitted as friends of the court in the case.

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-06-18 17:33

    Don't stress, papface, when you're sitting in a cell where you belong you can serenade your new boyfrie... er, 'cellmate' with as much hate speech as you like.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-18 20:10

      All his pictures look like that - 2012-06-18 21:33

  • Grant - 2012-06-18 17:44

    Another high profile case taking forever to be concluded.

  • mzondistanley - 2012-06-18 17:57

    People are now playing football with Malema since he has no Peinciples in Life he can be anything to anybody and makes permanent anemies but one wonders if he can keep to his old friends. He is Politically imature and acts like a misguided Misile which can pounce on innocent citizens, hence now he finds himself apologising to Hellen Zille Leader of DA. Yesterday Hellen was enemy no 1 and to day we should apologise since we eat from the same plate11 What a Shame!!

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-06-18 18:09

    I wonder how many people a suffering from malemaphobia

  • Hermann - 2012-06-18 18:14

    I wonder who paying for the appeal now that he is jobless - his tenderpreteneur pals?

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-18 18:47

    To avoid wasting more money Juju should apologize to this Mabhulu, the people got the message anyway. Lekker night to the Boer. Lol

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-18 19:58

      An empty apology is as bad as a lie. There is no point in an apology. He does not mean it. Malema hates the whites and is spreading this hatred among the youth. This is not a burden that the youth should have to carry. They should be free to decide for themselves and move forward - not backward into ongoing confrontation.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-06-18 20:08

      We knew what the message was long ago. Do YOU get the message, racist?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-18 18:51

    The fact that South Africa is now under a democratically elected government should mean that the freedom songs need no longer be sung. When the youth league sings the shoot the boer song, it can be viewed as a direct threat - its not just a song, because the boers are being murdered - its a reality. It is hate speech. It is threatening. How can the youth or Malema think that it is not offensive? No wonder they feel our antagonism, because the threat is real. Boers are being murdered every week.

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-06-18 23:29

    What is the meaning of the word Boer and Afrikaaner ?

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-06-19 12:16

    Malema has divided the nation and nobody does anything about that.

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