Not guilty: Ernst Roets wins battle over offensive old SA flag post

Not guilty: Ernst Roets wins battle over offensive old SA flag post

- AfriForum and Ernst Roets have been found not guilty after the latter posted the old SA flag on social media

- The Nelson Mandela Foundation had taken Roets to task after he posted the flag directly after it was ruled a gratuitous display of hate speech

- However, the judge found this morning that the group was not guilty of contempt of court

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Ernst Roets and AfriForum have won their legal battle against the Nelson Mandela Foundation. reported that Roets had taken to social media to ask if the old South African flag constituted hate speech, shortly after the court had ruled gratuitous displays of it to be hate speech.

The Foundation had taken them to the Equality Court, where Judge Colin Lamont had passed down a not-guilty verdict on Tuesday.

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Roets had argued that he had made the offending post for academic purposes, and in his own capacity and not as deputy CEO of AfriForum, reports The Citizen.

Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, on behalf of the Mandela Foundation, had argued that it was impossible for Roets to not have been aware of the judgement prohibiting the display of the flag.

“They commit contempt the moment they conduct themselves in a way calculated to bring about disrepute to this court."

Newzroom Africa reports that Judge Lamont had also favoured AfriForum in its complaint against Julius Malema for singing Dubula Ibhunu.

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