SAHRC takes Julius Malema to court for hate speech

By Chanice Jennike - 18 September 2019Views : 1470

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is taking Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema to court for hate speech. 

This comes after a comment made by Malema on social media following the death of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

"The only white man you can trust is a dead white man," Malema wrote on Twitter. 

The SAHRC released a statement concerning the matter on Tuesday. 

"The Commission is therefore deeply concerned by recent utterances attributed to Mr Julius Malema, a Member of Parliament and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).  The Commission is of the view that the social media utterances by Mr Malema around former President Robert Mugabe’s passing away, on a prima facie basis, amount to hate speech under section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA)."

"The SAHRC condemns these racially divisive utterances, as they go against the non-racialist values upon which South Africa’s constitutional democracy is founded and will, therefore, refer the matter to the Equality Court."

"Regarding the banning of certain media houses by Mr Malema and the EFF, the Commission will investigate the possible violation of the right to freedom of expression under section 16(1) of the Constitution."

Commission chair Bongi Majola said that Malema's comments are "divisive". 

"The words in the tweet are divisive and they're inimical to the spirit of the Constitution, its values in particular, the values of equality, human dignity and non-racialism."