SAHRC summons Malema over hate speech

2010-11-11 19:08

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been notified to appear at an investigative hearing to answer allegations of hate speech lodged against him for his "shoot the boer" song, the South African Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.

This after it received various complaints alleging that utterances made by Malema at events between January and April had incited violence and infringed on the right to equality and human dignity.

"The commission (will) be calling the complainants and/or their representatives...and a cross section of relevant the hearing," deputy director Eric Mokonyama said in a letter to the Afrikanerbond, one of the organisations that complained.

Mokonyama told Sapa on Thursday that a date for the hearing still had to be set and he was unsure if it would be held this year.

"We have to take into consideration a number of factors...and (the) number of people that would have to be called in," he said.

Afrikanerbond chief secretary Jan Bosman said he welcomed the resolution for a hearing after "a frustratingly long delay".

He had lodged several complaints against Malema accusing him of violating several basic and universal rights with his "shoot the boer" song.

Bosman said the controversial youth leader sang "dubulu iBhunu" on March 9 at a gathering at the University of Johannesburg and again on 22 March in Mafikeng.

The bond also lodged a complaint about Malema's outburst and use of vulgar language directed at a BBC correspondent at a press conference in Luthuli House on April 8.

"It is extremely important - for the sake of the promotion and protection of human rights in South Africa - that the Human Rights Commission now make a ruling on the violation of human rights as this is happening more often and more frequently," Bosman said.

"Hopefully the Human Rights Commission, as the guardian and custodian of human rights in SA, will hold the investigative hearing as soon as possible."

  • donovanvorster1 - 2010-11-11 19:32

    Malema, malema hies ower maaaan!!!!!!! I houp he ghos away B4 the ICE CAPS Can.

  • Francois - 2010-11-11 22:54

    This will be a test for the SAHRC to see if they are realy prejudiced like the DA alleged. However not the Inyesi Mbalula has fallen from grace, maybe the SAHRC will punish him hard just to show that they are not biased. To the SAHRC: When are you going to investigate other municipalities for NOT providing toilets to all of its residents?

      Feint and Margin - 2010-11-12 02:30

      What ever happened to the case lodged against him at the Hague?

  • Robert - 2010-11-12 08:31

    nothing will happen to him maybe a slap on the hand , dont do that agian naughty boy

      Mordred - 2010-11-12 09:56

      Robert you are quite correct. Zuma and his cabinet don't have the balls to do much more as Zuma is really afraid that Malema will not support him in the next election. I hate to admit this, but Malema was quite correct in saying that he and the ANCYL put Zuma where he is. So, as you say, just a very, very light slap on the wrist.

  • Valkerie - 2010-11-12 10:09

    And........ here we go again!

  • awwgee - 2010-11-12 10:23

    You go guys - keep on pushing the buttons of this useless anc government, and their useless "side" organisations!! While I cannot see anything coming of it, it is great that someone is fighting "them".

  • Raymond - 2010-11-12 13:21

    the SAHRC go to work to get a salary, not to fight for anyones rights (rather for one julius`s wrongs) just like teachers don`t care about teaching and nurses don`t care about caring.Where`s the dignity and human spirit gone?

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