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AfriForum to oppose Malema’s Concourt bid

Crime & Courts

AfriForum has given notice of its intention to oppose ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's Constitutional Court appeal against a guilty hate speech verdict, the civil rights initiative said on Sunday.

Malema and the African National Congress are asking the Constitutional Court to make an urgent decision on the status of the hate song “Kill the boer”.

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ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

He was found guilty of hate speech last month in the Equality Court, sitting at the High Court in Johannesburg.

AfriForum said it opposed Malema's application on the grounds that it was understood that ANC supporters apparently planned to sing the song during the party's 100-year anniversary festivities in January.

Last week, ANCYL member Tokelo Nhlapo sang the song on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Willie Spies, AfriForum's legal representative, said the ANC's decision to justify and protect hate songs from the struggle era had created a culture of hatred which had to be stopped. - Sapa

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