- The SA Human Rights Commission has declared that Julius Malema's comments were not hate speech
- These included his comments about Indians mistreating black people and his statement that he was not calling for the slaughter of white people "for now"
- The commission has said it expects backlash over its ruling
The South African Human Rights Commission has said that while some of Julius Malema's recent comments on topics such as race were offensive, they did not amount to hate speech.
The commission was referring to five complaints it had received over the last three years regarding the EFF leader.
One of the complaints was concerned with Julius Malema's notorious statement that he was not calling for the slaughter of white people, for now.
The commission's chair, Bongani Majola, said that all of the complaints were examined individually but said the commission had concluded that they did not meet the legal standard for hate speech.
However, according to Eyewitness News, Majola did admit that the definition of hate speech was not entirely clear, and that more legal clarity may still be needed over the matter.
For example, the commission argued that Malema's singing of Kill the Boer was acceptable because it was a struggle song. Additionally, it said that Malema's comments about Indians mistreating black people were "not hurtful".
Nevertheless, the commission has acknowledged that it will receive backlash over its finding. Already, its ruling has caused a stir on social media, with some cheering it and others condemning it.
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