Equality Court rules that BLF's slogan is hate speech, must be removed

Equality Court rules that BLF's slogan is hate speech, must be removed

- The Equality Court has ruled that BLF's slogan "land or death" is hate speech

- The party will no longer be allowed to use the phrase on its party platform

- Criminal charges against BLF may follow

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The Equality Court has ruled that Black First Land First (BLF) cannot use its campaign slogan "land or death".

The Court said that the slogan amounted to hate speech.

BLF has been given a month to remove the slogan from all party platforms and issue an apology.

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This comes after the Human Rights Commission took the issue to the Equality Court.

According to Eyewitness News, the matter has also been referred to the director of public prosecutions. It is possible that criminal charges may be laid concerning the slogan.

The party is known for using incendiary slogans like "kill the boer", "one settler one bullet" and, of course, "land or death".

This is not the first time BLF has landed in hot water over controversial statements and party positions. The Freedom Front Plus also took the party to court recently in an attempt to have them barred from contesting this year's election. 

FF+ had argued that BLF's policy of not allowing white members to join the party was a violation of the Electoral Act, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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