- A black empowerment group, the Black Centric Forum, has laid charges of hate speech against AfriForum's CEO Kallie Kriel
- Kriel said earlier that apartheid is not a crime against humanity - to the upset of many South Africans
- The BCF has the support of many South Africans despite being fairly little-known
On Saturday a fairly unknown group opened a case of hate speech against the CEO of activist group AfriForum.
The Black Centric Forum want to address the statement Kriel made on radio about apartheid not being a crime against humanity.
The BCF opened the case at the Hillbrow Police Station in Johannesburg.
Kriel reacted by saying that their case will fail because they have no real legal grounds.
Theko Nkadimeng - spokesperson for the BCF - stated that their aim is to send a strong message to anyone who say offensive things to black people.
That is what they hope to achieve with the hate speech case against Kriel.
The group feels that after 24 years of democracy, AfriForum's CEO is oppressing black people with what he said.
Briefly.co.za reported on the incident when Kriel stated that "apartheid is not a crime against humanity" during a radio interview.
According to Kriel not enough people died during apartheid for it to be classified as a crime against humanity.
Sowetan Live reports that the BCF wants to show oppressors that they can stand on their own. The group stated that they cannot simply complain on social media without taking action.
They want the people who say offensive things to know that they are wrong.
Nkadimeng went on to say that it is not just about fighting AfriForum. They feel that South Africa's diversity is only on paper - the Constitution - and not real.
The BCF feels that if people can get away with saying what Kriel said in public, it sends a message that black people are inferior.
According to the BCF spokesperson, the BCF would not really mind if Kriel is sent to jail because of his comment.
Kriel responded by message that he feels the BCF has no case.
He stated that the complaint is baseless and won't succeed. He accused the group of using him to try and make a name for themselves.
The BCF may a little-know organisation, but South Africans are already backing their case:
Ruth Edmonds - Would be nice to see some young Afrikaners taking a stand.
Marilyn Perry - Great news it might teach them not to be so arrogant and self righteous! I am glad he is going to be charged. It was a disgrace what he said. Insensitive bunch
Michael Horn - Well Done!!!
Walter Pike - Brilliant
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