Johannesburg - AfriForum and the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) on Wednesday vowed to work together towards building a better country following the ruling restricting the display of the old South Africa flag.
Although Judge Phineas Mojapelo earlier ruled that displaying the old flag constituted hate speech and discrimination based on race, CEO of the NMF, Sello Hatang, afterwards said the judgement was "not a victory" for the organisation until such time the judge’s concluding remarks are achieved.
“He (Mojapelo) pleaded with both AfriForum and us and other organisations that have an interest in this matter who worked together to help achieve what the constitution wants us to do - a nation that celebrates its diversity than one that fights around its differences,” said Hatang.
He added that if the foundation truly wanted to be victorious to honour the memory of anti-apartheid icons Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada, South Africans must acknowledge each other's pain and not throw and hurl insults at each other.
Ernst Roets, deputy CEO of AfriForum, said: “We would need time to study the judgement before we can respond comprehensively but we can make some preliminary comments.