- AfriForum has laid hate speech charges against Zindzi Mandela
- This is in connection to her controversial #OurLand statements
- In response to the charges, Julius Malema said that he would defend Mandela
Afrikaans lobby group AfriForum has filed a complaint of hate speech with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela.
The charges are in relation to Mandela's controversial land reform tweets, which included references to "land thieves" and "white cowards".
AfriForum argues that these tweets revealed Mandela's "hate-bearing attitude".
Mandela posted the remarks on Twitter on 14 June, which immediately triggered a stir on social media. Some, like EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, came out in support of Mandela, but there was also a significant backlash.
Alana Bailey, AfriForum deputy-CEO, says that Mandela's comments contribute to a "dangerous discourse of scapegoating", according to Sowetan Live.
Additionally, Bailey says she rejects Mandela's explanation of her comments as merely an expression of her personal opinion, Briefly.co.za has gathered. She added that she believed Mandela's statements were unconstitutional.
Previously, AfriForum had called for Mandela to be dismissed from her post as ambassador. However, Minister Naledi Pandor said that she spoke to Mandela about the issue and that no disciplinary action would be taken.
The issue appears far from over, however. For example, Julius Malema rallied to Mandela's support in response to the news of the charges filed by AfriForum.
"We will defend her with everything," the EFF leader tweeted.
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