- AfriForum has opted to lay charges against the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
- The lobby group is taking on the Red Beret officials over numerous instances of the party singing 'Kill the Boer'
- AfriForum is now pursuing hate speech charges against the pair over events outside of the Senekal Magistrate's Court
AfriForum has announced that it will be pursuing hate speech charges against both Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The lobby group explained in a statement that the core of the charges stems from members of the EFF, and their leadership, singing 'Kill the Boer, kill the farmer', specifically outside of the Senekal Magistrate's Court:
"The charge of hate speech focuses on the particular context in which the EFF sang “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer” and refers to various other occasions where the party and its leaders sang the song, which has already been declared as hate speech."
Ernst Roets, AfriForum's Head of Policy and Action, weighed in on the decision to press charges:
“With the EFF and Malema’s continuous hate speech and Malema’s refusal to stop his supporters, it is AfriForum’s role as civil rights organisation, with a particular focus on the protection of minority rights, to take the necessary steps and ensure an end is put to it."
Roets insists that the EFF's 'provocative incitement of farm murders' is unacceptable:
“Farm murders are a serious and continuous reality. The EFF’s provocative incitement of farm murders outside the court where the accused of a farm murder are prosecuted, is shocking and unacceptable."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had staged a protest in Senekal after residents had protested following a farm murder in the area.
The ordeal had been in the spotlight for some time after residents had set a police van on fire.
Residents had been demonstrating to signal their frustration over farm murders after a young man was brutally murdered, outside of the court where his alleged killers stood trial.
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