Johannesburg - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will institute litigation at the Equality Court against BLF leader Andile Mngxitama following comments he made at a rally over the weekend.
The organisation said it is deeply concerned by the comments made by Mngxitama and other leaders as they had wide-ranging consequences on society.
Mngxitama told his supporters at a small rally, in Potchefstroom in the North West, that five white people should be killed for every black person that dies in taxi violence. His comments have been widely criticised.
The SAHRC said although it respects individual rights to freedom of speech, it believes Mngxitama's comments went too far beyond legal bounds.
"While the Commission will continue to promote and vigorously protect this freedom, it should be noted that the right is not without limitations. The Commission is of the view that the utterances by Mngxitama go beyond the legally permissible limits of free speech, hence the decision to institute action in the Equality Court against him," said the commission in a statement on Thursday.