Roets says apartheid flag now symbolises a call for freedom of speech

Roets says apartheid flag now symbolises a call for freedom of speech

AfriForum's Ernst Roets feels that the meaning of the apartheid flag has changed. According to him, it now serves as a call for freedom of speech, saying that if you are an activist for freedom of speech, you'll display the flag.

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Since Judge Phineas Mojapelo has found that gratuitous use of the old apartheid flag constitutes hate speech, AfriForum's head of policy, Ernst Roets, has been making headlines.

Roets caused an upset when he posted a photo of the flag on social media, asking if he had just committed hate speech.

He insists it was for educational purposes, but will have to defend his actions in court, as 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.

However, Roets is defending himself by saying the meaning of the flag in question has changed, and it's now about freedom of speech.

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During a heated discussion with Faith Mangope of eNCA, Roets said that the flag is not about the things it's associated with anymore.

He said this while explaining why he shared that now-infamous tweet.

"The intention of the tweet was a call for freedom of expression and that's why this discussion is important. The meaning of the flag has changed over the past few days."
"We (AfriForum) have been on record for years saying that we don't display the flag. Displaying the flag now is not anymore about promoting the things associated with that flag."

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Briefly.co.za gathered that Roets added he's not the only one that sees the apartheid flag as a symbol of freedom of speech now.

"I see people on social media, who have always despised the flag, now saying they regard the flag as a call for freedom of speech. If you are an activist for freedom of speech, you display the flag."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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