- AfriForum has accused the South African Human Rights Commission of bias following their ruling that Julius Malema is not guilty of hate speech
- Kallie Kriel, CEO, has filed papers at the Joburg High Court in an attempt to have the ruling overturned
- The lobby group insists that, had Malema been white, his comments would have been viewed in a different light
AfriForum has announced that it has filed papers to contest the recent SAHRC ruling that EFF leader Julius Malema is not guilty of hate speech.
The Citizen reported that the lobby group has accused the commission of bias, adamant that if Malema had been white, there would have been a different outcome.
Numerous complaints had been looked at, but AfriForum seems mostly concerned with the assertion that the EFF was 'not calling for the slaughter of white people, at least not for now'.
Dr Shanelle van der Berg, from the commission, had explained that while white people could have construed the comments as hurtful, in context Malema had meant that no white people would be harmed under his leadership:
"Importantly, this statement is about how white people behaved historically. It is not about how they are behaving now. Mr Malema also specifically says he is not calling for the killing or slaughtering of white people now. He is only calling for the occupation of their land.”
Kallie Kriel, AfriForum CEO, commented on the matter, adamant that double standards were at play:
“Had a white person stated that they were ‘not calling for the slaughter of black people, at least not for now’, this would almost certainly have been found to constitute hate speech.”
On the grounds of this, AfriForum now believes that there was 'reasonable apprehension' that the ruling had been biased and that the 'decision stands to be reviewed' on that basis.
Briefly.co.za reported last month that the ruling had covered numerous complaints posed by the lobby group against Malema, including the above comments and statements made about Indian people.
AfriForum is adamant that they will be pursuing the matter, saying that they cannot allow political leaders to 'get away with racist utterances'.
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