Johannesburg - The Equality Court, sitting at the Johannesburg High Court, on Tuesday reserved judgment on whether the old South African flag should be banned from being displayed.
The court sat for two days and heard a robust debate on displaying the matter, which was used by the apartheid government.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation applied to the Equality Court to declare that gratuitous displays of the flag constituted hate speech and discrimination based on race, both prohibited by the Equality Act.
A dispute arose between the foundation and lobby group AfriForum concerning displays of the flag, which was abolished on April 27, 1994.
The minority rights group said it discouraged its members from displaying the flag as it was “unwise” and such acts offended some people, but it felt it should not be unlawful as it was part of history.