AfriForum's Ernst Roets has invited trouble into his life, but perhaps he intended it to end up that way. The Nelson Mandela Foundation aims to launch an urgent application against Roets for posting a photo of the old apartheid flag.
Ernst Roets will have to defend his actions in court, putting the new law banning the old flag to the test just moments after the ruling was passed.
Briefly.co.za reported that the High Court had found the gratuitous display of the old flag constituted hate speech.
In a social media post, Roets, who had opposed the new law, shared a photo of the old flag, asking if he had just committed hate speech in an apparent attempt to bring the ruling into question.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation has released a statement revealing that they would not let the transgression slide, with the intention to enforce the new law in court on an urgent basis:
“Equality Act does not protect academic displays made in bad faith. The Foundation is of the view that AfriForum's representative's actions were in bad faith and in contempt of court. It was also disrespectful to the Deputy Judge President of the High Court.”
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