AfriForum receives Malema’s court documents

AfriForum received plea documents from African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema on Monday afternoon defending his right to sing the “shoot the boer” song, the organisation said on Monday.

“We received the document setting out Malema’s defence just before the close of business today [Monday], said AfriForum lawyer Willie Spies. “Malema’s approach in this case is that he has a right to sing the song because it is part of his heritage.”

Earlier on Monday, AfriForum said it was ready to fight against Malema’s singing of an “inciting” struggle slogan, in the Constitutional Court and even at international forums.

Julius Malema did not appear at the Equality Court on January 19 in a hate-speech case lodged by AfriForum, where a judge ordered the ANCYL president to file necessary papers within three days. AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel spoke to the M&G following the court’s ruling.

Spies said AfriForum would start preparing for the case, which would start on April 11.

High importance
The civil rights group’s statement comes after Malema commented on Sunday at a press conference in Boksburg that he was prepared to go to the Constitutional Court to defend singing the struggle song with the words “dubul’ ibhunu”, which, according to AfriForum’s court papers, mean “shoot the boer”.

Malema’s comments came in response to a question about AfriForum’s court case against him.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said his organisation regarded this case as being of such high importance that no costs would be spared to call Malema to order.

He said it was irresponsible for Malema to continue defending slogans like “shoot the boer” given the levels of violent crime and murder in South Africa.

“While Malema is contending that his inflaming statements should not be interpreted literally, people are currently literally being murdered,” Kriel said.

He said the organisation would continue its “stop Malema campaign” to mobilise as many people as possible against the youth leader’s divisive statements. — Sapa

Staff Reporter
Guest Author
Advertisting

Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

What the law could clarify this year

Lawfare: Major developments are on the cards where law and politics meet, including the first amendment to South Africa’s Bill of Rights

The secret ‘Warmonger’ at the SSA

A listening device acquired by the agency is at the centre of an alleged R600-million fraud operation
Advertising

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.