AfriForum opposes Nelson Mandela Foundation bid to ban apartheid flag

AfriForum opposes Nelson Mandela Foundation bid to ban apartheid flag

Today the Nelson Mandela Foundation will be putting forward their arguments as to why the old apartheid flag should be declared a symbol of hate speech. AfriForum stands in firm opposition to the foundation's application, adamant that free speech should be protected

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The Equality Court will hear the Nelson Mandela Foundation's arguments in their bid to have the old apartheid flag declared symbolic of hate speech.

The foundation aims to have the display of the flag as illegal, seeking to impose sanctions on public display.

According to IOL, the foundation feels that those who display the flag reject history and condone the actions of the ill treatment of black South Africans during the apartheid regime.

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The foundation will however allow for 'gracious displays' of the flag, sanctioned by non-criminal fines.

Lobby group AfriForum has come out in strong opposition of the application, releasing a statement declaring that 'freedom of expression' must be protected.

The group insists that hate speech only covers words and that not all who display the flag intend to demean the 'dignity of the people who suffered under apartheid'.

The foundation has called on South Africans to support its efforts by promoting the current flag, which represents the nation and its shared beliefs.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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