Malema's 'slaughter' comment not hate speech - SA Human Rights Council

Malema's 'slaughter' comment not hate speech - SA Human Rights Council

The South African Human Rights Commission found that Julius Malema was not guilty of hate speech with his 'white people slaughter' comments in 2018. The remarks caused a stir in South Africa.

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The South African Human Rights Commission has dismissed a complaint that was issued by the FW De Klerk Foundation over comments that EFF leader, Julius Malema, made in 2018.

The politician was accused of hate speech after he stated that his party is "not calling for the slaughtering of white people – at least for now”.

This comment sent waves of shock through South Africa, but it seems the drama was for nought as Malema was not being hateful, according to the Human Rights Commission.

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The Citizen reported the commission found that Malema's comment didn't violate the rights of white people or constitute hate speech.

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"His words, by his own admission, also constituted incitement to cause harm. Does the SAHRC really think that the illegal occupation of the land of white farmers could be achieved without causing them ‘harm’?
"Also, his highly prejudicial version of history that ‘white people’ slaughtered peaceful Africans ‘like animals’ was clearly intended to sweep up racial hatred."

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According to the foundation, Malema's words could advocate genocide in South Africa in the future.

Here's a clip of Malema saying the now-infamous words:

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