Former African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

Johannesburg - An urgent application to enforce an order stopping Julius Malema from singing “shoot the boer” was lodged on Wednesday, lobby group Afriforum said.

“This follows after Malema repeatedly sang the controversial song 'dubula ibhunu' during his public appearances before mine workers,” the group's lawyer Willie Spies said in a statement.

He said the former ANC Youth League leader's conduct came amid rising tensions in the gold and platinum mining sector.

“In addition, Malema made various utterances attributing the difficulties of mineworkers to whites.”

The application was lodged in the High Court in Johannesburg.

In September last year, the court, sitting as the Equality Court, convicted Malema of hate speech after Afriforum took him to court for singing the song.

Judge Colin Lamont held the words undermined people's dignity and were discriminatory and harmful.

Malema lost an application in November for leave to appeal directly to the Constitutional Court against the hate speech ruling. He filed a notice of appeal with the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in December. Lamont granted him leave to appeal.

The SCA was expected to hear the matter next month. - Sapa