Kimberley - Cope on Tuesday filed criminal charges against the leader of Black First Land First (BLF), Andile Mngxitama, at the Kimberley police station.
Cope national chairperson, Pakes Dikgetsi, on Tuesday opened charges of hate speech and incitement to violence against Mngxitama, following a speech he made in Potchefstroom this past weekend, where he called for five white people to be killed for every black person killed.
“They kill one of us, we will kill five white people. We will kill their children, we kill the woman, we will kill anything that we find on our way. We kill their children, we kill their woman, we kill their dogs, we kill their cats, we kill anything that comes before us,” Mngxitama said.
Dikgetsi said on Tuesday that hate speech and incitement to violence were specifically excluded from the protection of free speech, as enshrined in the Constitution.
“Section 16 of the Constitution gives everybody the right to freedom of expression but that right to freedom of expression does not extend, inter alia, to incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred that is based on race and ethnicity, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm,” Dikgetsi said.