- Mzansi had condemned AfriForum CEO Ernst Roets for posting a photo of the old apartheid flag just moments after it was deemed hate speech
- Today saw Roets and AfriForum let off the hook in the controversial debacle, with the court finding them not guilty of contempt of court
- Briefly.co.za explores how Roets managed to escape punishment in the legal battle with the Nelson Mandela Foundation
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Ernst Roets has emerged unscathed after posting a photo of the old apartheid flag just moments after it was dubbed hate speech by a South African court.
The AfriForum Head of Policy was facing the threat of serving time in jail as the Nelson Mandela Foundation called for consequences of his actions.
Briefly.co.za explains how Roets, along with AfriForum, managed to evade any punishment for something that offended so many citizens.
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Judge Lamont, who presided over the matter, explained that there was no contempt of court, reports The South African.
Telling the court why he had ruled the way he did, Lamont said that in order for the charge to have substance, a court order instructing someone to do something was needed.
Justice Mojapelo, who had made the original ruling on the flag, had issued a 'declaratory' order. In other words, no particular group was targeted by his motion.
Roets has responded to the judgement saying that they had expected it from the onset, commenting:
“We are grateful for the ruling, but this is what we were expecting. We now wait on what the Nelson Mandela Foundation have to say. This is not about the flag itself, we discourage its display, but there is a bigger picture here – the protection of civil liberties.”
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