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