Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
Pietermaritzburg’s chief magistrate has testified that she believes that her colleague Divesh Mootheram spoke about her in an insulting way despite not hearing the actual words from him.
To a lay reader Judge Lamont's judgment in the Ernst Roets case may appear to be a move to duck a controversial question. However, the relief sought by the NMF was misconceived and the court's approach therefore correct, writes Serjeant at the Bar.
The Equality Court must accept AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets' version stating why he tweeted a picture of the apartheid flag - after a court ruling banning its gratuitous display, his lawyer has argued.
People who are satisfied with the banning of the old flag should realise what the consequences may be in future if someone feels offended by something else that is important to them, writes Kallie Kriel.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation says it will file an urgent application in the High Court to declare that Ernst Roets, Afriforum's deputy chief, is in contempt of court for a tweet using the old apartheid flag.
Propagating speech that wounds, that fuels and legitimises bigotry, and that labels certain people unworthy of the protection of the law, should face legal sanction, writes Melanie Judge.
Given that Sanef and the journalists who brought the case against the EFF are active commentating participants in day-to-day politics, do they expect to be immune from blow-back, asks Helen Zille.
Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech.
EFF leader Julius Malema has accused the South African National Editors' Forum and a group of journalists who took him to the Equality Court of being "politicians" who want to silence him and the EFF.
YouTube announced it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
Pietermaritzburg magistrate Divesh Mootheram on Monday pleaded not guilty in the Pietermaritzburg regional court to a charge of crimen injuria.
If we want to travel the great emotional, cultural, racial and political distance that have separated us for centuries, we'll have to learn to speak to one another in a more sophisticated and humane manner, writes Chris Jones.
AfriForum will be defending itself in a contempt of court application after its deputy CEO Ernst Roets tweeted a picture of the old South African flag hours after an Equality Court ruling.
Advocate Gilbert Marcus SC, on behalf of Media Monitoring Africa, has submitted to the Constitutional Court that freedom of expression matters the most "in cases that provoke controversy".
The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, something which Roets and AfriForum have difficulty understanding, never mind admit, writes Pieter du Toit.
The purpose of our complaint is not to stifle criticism of the media. We believe that the comments by the EFF, Malema and their supporters go beyond fair criticism and constitute hate speech under the Equality Act, writes Mahlatse Mahlase.
Having to deal with political and other news daily, I'm painfully aware of the frequency of fake news on social media. The problem is that people seem to trust these "reports" more than the mainstream media, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Lobby group AfriForum has submitted a hate speech complaint against Zindzi Mandela to the South African Human Rights Commission for comments she made on social media last month.
In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges.
Facebook may be ordered to remove offensive content posted by users in the European Union and then also hunt for similar posts anywhere in the world, according to an EU court opinion that the internet giant warned was a threat to freedom of speech.
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