- A man has called into a radio show and begged Ernst Roets to stop displaying the old flag
- He broke down in tears during the phonecall
- Roets said that it was censorship to ban the display of the flag
A man recently called into radio 702 to tearfully beg Afriforum's Ernst Roets to stop displaying the apartheid flag. This comes after Roets posted it on social media for what he called "academic purposes".
In a heartbreaking call to 702, a black man identified as Ben broke down in tears as he begged Roets to stop displaying the offensive flag. Roets responded by apologising for causing pain but insisted that it was his right to display the flag.
The caller said that the flag represents the pain black people had to endure in the past. He asked how he could make someone's pain academic.
He went on to say that there was nothing academic about triggering pain. He broke down into tears as he was explaining the pain he felt. Through his tears, he continued to say that the flag represents nothing good about the country.
Roets responded by apologising for the pain but added that he wasn't trying to reduce the pain of black people to academics. He said that his issue was more with the censorship by the government.
He told the host of the show, Nickolaus Bauer, that he even tells those who display the flag to put it away. But he would stop doing it now because of "government-led censorship".
Earlier this week, the Equality Court ruled that displaying the flag amounts to hate speech. After this ruling, Roets posted the flag on his Twitter account.
After receiving backlash, he posted a follow-up tweet saying that he could still legally display the flag for "academic purposes". He argued that as he is an academic who is currently doing his doctorate, and that his tweet was therefore an academic question.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that South Africans took to social media to share what was a mostly a joyous occasion for democracy after the flag was banned. The ruling was passed down by Judge Phineas Mojapelo, who found the flag to be a symbol of hate speech. Citizens took to social media to express their views on the situation, with some feeling that the flag should have been outlawed with the birth of democracy in 1994.
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