Pravin Gordhan lost hate speech case against EFF leader Julius Malema

Pravin Gordhan lost hate speech case against EFF leader Julius Malema

- Pravin Gordhan's hate speech case against Julius Malema was a failure

- The Equality Court has dismissed the case after Judge Roland Sutherland found that Gordhan's team did not prove Malema violated the Equality Act

- Gordhan took Malema to court after the EFF leader commented that he is a 'dog of white monopoly capital'

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EFF leader, Julius Malema has won the hate speech case made against him by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Gordhan decided to take Malema to the Equality Court after his comment that the minister is a 'dog of white monopoly capital'.

Judge Roland Sutherland found that Malema's comment was hateful but Gordhan's team could not prove that the words he uttered violated the Equality Act and thereby constituted hate speech, reports The Citizen.

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Sutherland said:

"Despite the fact that the utterances were indeed hateful and aimed at endangering hatred against the applicant, the applicant has failed to bring his understandable grievances within the compass of the Equality Act."

Gordhan's team submitted that Malema's words were meant to cause division.

Here's part of what Malema said:

"Once you take a decision to go after Pravin, you must be ready. If you are not ready, don’t come to the EFF. We’ve now taken a decision to fight Pravin and therefore you must know Pravin is going to fight dirty…
"There will be casualties. There can even be a loss of life. If you are not ready for that, stand aside. I’m not scared. I’m ready. I’m prepared to confront them one by one."

It's no secret that there is no love lost between Malema and Gordhan and this will likely just add fuel to the fire.

Just a month ago, Mzansi social media users had a field day making "Jamnandas" trend after the Equality Court dismissed Pravin Gordhan's application against the EFF.

Gordhan has lost his bid to have a report on the SARS rogue unit kept from the public eye.

The Minister's second name has been the butt of jokes from EFF followers ever since party leader Julius Malema brought it up in Parliament.

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