- AfriForum reported that it is going to open an incitement of violence case against the Nelson Mandela Foundation
- This comes after the foundation issued a statement on #BlackLivesMatter, saying violence in protests can be "rational"
- AfriForum is also taking the NMF to the Equality Court
AfriForum said it is going to open a case of incitement of violence against the Nelson Mandela Foundation for a statement it made about the use of violence in protests.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, along with many other organisations that are against the systemic oppression and killing of black people, issued a statement in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
However, in their statement, the foundation said the use of violence in protests can be "rational and carefully targeted as part of a strategy to counter structural and other forms of violence against black lives":
The NMF added:
"We need to reckon with the fact that structural and other forms of violence will provoke violence. And we must face the reality that the ravages of Covid-19 will further entrench structural violence unless we fundamentally restructure our societies."
Ernst Roets, the head of policy and action at AfriForum, said this statement incites violence.
"AfriForum has instructed its legal team to prepare criminal charges of incitement to violence against the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), under Section 18 of the Riotous Assemblies Act , as well as a charge of hate speech in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act."
Roets added that the statement by the NMF was a clear glorification of and incitement of violence. It also indicated that the foundation believes it can justify targeted acts of violence.
"Violent threats of this nature have no place in any society, and the fact that an organisation of the NMF’s status can so nonchalantly publish a justification of violent means is very troubling and telling," said Roets.
Roets said AfriForum also lodged a complaint of hate speech against the foundation with the Equality Court.
The NMF's spokesperson Luzuko Koti said they would only comment on the matter "when a case has been opened".
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