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ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that he was guilty of hate speech.
Malema was found guilty last week after Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum took him to court for singing the song “Shoot the Boer” and Judge Colin Lamont restrained the ANC from singing it at any of its public or private meetings
On Wednesday, the ANC filed a notice with the intention to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Alternatively, it wanted a full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg to hear an appeal against the whole order.
On Thursday Lamont said: “There is a reasonable prospect that another court will come to a different conclusion than I did.”
Speaking outside the court, AfriForum's legal representative Willie Spies said he was disappointed with the ruling.
However, it was expected considering the matter was a high-profile one.
“We would have hoped that they would have used the opportunity as a starting point for restoring the relations in the country,” Spies said. – Sapa
I fail to understand some of our black brothers and sisters commenting on this issue. First of all we had movies like Sarafina 1 & 2, Cry The Beoved Country, a series called When We Were Black which on my understanding are not defferent from the this song but people were quiete about them, why do we fuss about this song or we r only fighting Malema.
@les. The key to your posts are the following: "...why are you still refusing to give us the majority of the economy..." and "86% only owns 10% of the wealth..." Clearly you misunderstand the concept of wealth. It is something people create through working hard - it is not given to people. Of course, you misunderstand it because today's BEE billionaires and millionaires never worked for what they got - it was given to them. You are being foolish if you think that you can be 'given' wealth - unless you're part of the ANC inner-circle.
Calling all scientist, please invent a time machine, so we can send Malema to the early 80's, cos I think he wants be there. Malema, NEWS FLASH, THE STRUGGLE IS OVER!!!!..you fighting alone man...
Les oh by the way "you forgave ME!!!! what bloody arrogance get this idiot!!! I DO NOT WANT YOUR FORGIVENESS---GET IT I DO NOT NEED YOUR BLOODY FORGIVENESS!!!!!
Les firstly learn how to speak English. Second do you not know the difference between a noble struggle song and pure hate speach---you oaf!!
My poor dear "me" if the so called colonists were to depart from this country as you so sweetly put it i think it would take oh i dont know!!! a day matbe a month and this place would sink below the sh-t heap its already in ---so my dear man think very carefully before opening your big fat trap
Why does my perfectly civil comment not get posted? The truth too much?
Adele Oosthuizen, wrote
How typical, as I read the comments hereunder I cannot help but wonder that if Africa remained undiscovered in this day and age, its people would still be living in mud huts.
@les if someone were to sing a song to kill the black, I dont think it would sit well with you. We came a long way in the struggle to dismantle apartheid and embarked on a Journey to build a nation, the foundation being reconciliation whilst creating a country for all races. We have not come this far to habour vengful thoughts. This song makes one feel as if they are not part of this rainbow nation. There are thousands of people, black and white who have been murdered in South Africa and the word kill is a sensitive one. The murders might not necesarily be as a result of this song, but ask those who have lost loved ones through violent means and you will understand why this song should not be sang. BTW I am black.
Why fight to sing this song? This song constitutes hate speach simple and kla. You cant sing a song about killing a certain group of society, it is wrong.
@les I'm so tried of the thumb suck stats used to state that "white" people have all the countries wealth. Can you back your stats with a creditable source? Do you even know who the wealthiest people in SA are??? Hint... 1. Patrice Motsepe – R22.99 billion, who is wealthier than the combine first two 'white' people at 3&4. BTW your figures don't even add up, unless you are implying that 4% of the population have the exact wealth of 0 cents.
Les, 9% that own the 90% that you mention are ANC officials and cronies.
Have the youth league nothing better to do!!!!!They should write another intelligent democratic struggle song in their clearly,too much free time?
I guess that if your family of farmers were murdered after the song was sung you would feel very differently.
To anonymous: If anyone wants to pack their bags, they can take their riches(plunder) with them. We will make do with our land & it is ours. We never invited colonialists to come dig up our gold or farm our lands anyway.
@les, pitty the poor 4% of the population that own nothing!
Graham F, What do you mean by Mature? This songs were sang in the past while your fathers put boots on our heads and no white person was killed by us and even after 17 years we were still singing them and no white person was killed as a result. How is this song a hate speech is beyond a white person mentality you guys (Afriforum) you want conflict. Just get a life and address why are you still refusing to give us majority of our economy.
Graham F, wrote
Re les 12.24 - the 10% of the population created the means of South Africa's wealth and economy . Why didn't the 86% do so instead of waitng for the 10% to create it??? Without that 10% there would be no ANC or anything for them to acquire nor any elections held.
It is useless of you burning ANC And Malema from singing the song, we are still going to sing the song. I will respect Afriforum if they can take themself to court for call blacks K word. Taking Malema to court won't change him. Malema we won't stop singing this song, it's our song.
South Africans should leave what's in the past in the past, and start working on a future, in stead, we keep fighting about what pieces of history are 'allowed' and which not. We will never make any kind of progress this way. If the song isnt hate speech, then the K-word isnt either!