Roets facing calls for jail time: Old flag saga heard in court

Roets facing calls for jail time: Old flag saga heard in court

- The matter between Ernst Roets and the Nelson Mandela Foundation played out in court today

- The AfriForum deputy CEO is facing an urgent contempt of court application for sharing a photo of the old apartheid flag

- Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi has called for Roets to be jailed for 30 days over the incident

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly.co.za News on your News Feed!

Ernst Roets appeared in the Equality Court today to answer for sharing a photo of the old apartheid flag directly after it had been declared hate speech.

News24 reports that Judge Collins Lamont presided over the urgent application brought forward by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Ngcukaitobi, representing the foundation, had called for the AfriForum deputy to be jailed over his actions.

Briefly.co.za reported that Roets had faced widespread backlash after posting a photo of the flag on social media and asking: "Did I just commit hate speech?"

PAY ATTENTION: Do you want to know what's trending on Briefly.co.za? Join our WhatsApp group today.

READ ALSO: Afriforum’s Ernst Roets won’t back down on apartheid flag statements

The Citizen reports that Ngcukaitobi had insisted that Roets had fully understood the ruling declaring the flag hate speech, which the advocate says was contempt of court.

Roets had maintained that he had made the post for academic reasons, adamant that it had been in his personal capacity and not on behalf of AfriForum.

Judgment in this matter has since been reserved.

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!

Source: Briefly.co.za

Mailfire view pixel