The foundation made an application to the Equality Court for an order declaring that the gratuitous displays of the old official flag of apartheid South Africa constituted hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race.
The matter is scheduled to be heard by the court on April 29 and 30. AfriForum insists that the display of the flag does not in any way constitute hate speech, although they discourage people from displaying the flag.
“In our court papers we have said that we are a reluctant respondent, what we mean is that we also don’t use the old South African flag and we actively discourage people from using it.
“However we believe that an issue such as this should be dealt with as a social issue and it’s not going to resolve the problem if we simply ban the flag,” said Ernst Roets, AfriForum deputy chief executive.