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6. Hate speech

Hate speech perpetrated against the European minority

Hate speech is defined by the South African Human Rights Commission (‘SAHRC’) as being speech that not only advocates hatred, but also incites (directs or intends for) the listener to cause harm as a result of the speech.  Therefore speech that advocates hatred does not rise to the level of hate speech unless there is also incitement to cause harm.

The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 has expanded on the SAHRC’s narrow definition of Hate Speech and outlawed any speech that demonstrates a clear intention to –

a. be hurtful;

b. be harmful or to incite harm;

c. promote or propagate hatred.

Listed below are numerous examples of narrowly defined hate speech directed at the European minority and this has incited people to attack, torture, rob, rape and murder the European minority.  In 2011, on behalf of the European minority, an interest group sought an injunction against hate speech from the High Court of South Africa. The High Court ruled against hate speech in favor of the terms of the Constitution. The high court also instructed the ANC Youth League to desist from using hate speech.

The ANC party however has appealed this court order against the ANC Youth league and its members and leadership continue to defy it.

1. “Kill the Boer” – President Jacob Zuma and others

This song which was composed and sung by the ruling party instructs its members to ‘Kill the Boer’. A Boer is a person of European origin that is descended from the migration of Europeans to South Africa during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, largely in efforts to escape religious and persecution. A Boer could literally be translated to mean a farmer or an Afrikaans speaker or a policeman, but the meaning of the word is far more encompassing: The word ‘Boer” has the connotation of a Settler, reminiscent of the Pan African Congress (PAC) which had as its tagline, “One Settler, One Bullet”.

In 2011, the High Court of South Africa issued an injunction against the President of the ruling party’s Youth League, Julius Malema, ordering him to desist from singing, Kill the Boer’, as it is hate speech and illegal. The ruling party has since appealed the High Court’s decision.

Shortly thereafter, the President of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema was brought before a disciplinary committee on a range of charges, one of which was the promulgation of racism. The ANC Disciplinary Committee specifically found that Malema had not committed the act of racism10 and suspended him due to internal party issues and his efforts to undermine the President, Jacob Zuma. Julius Malema’s deputy, Ronald Lamola continues with the tirade of hate speech against the European minority as well as efforts to undermine the sovereignty of South Africa’s president.

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma continues to show contempt of the court’s ruling and persists with singing this song publically. He has also publically bemoaned the existence of the principles of the rule of law and accused those who oppose his use of hate speech of attempting to co-govern the country using the courts to do so.

On July, 8th 2011, he addressed the third ‘Access to Justice’ Conference and stated, “The powers conferred on the courts cannot be superior to the powers resulting from the political and consequently administrative mandate resulting from popular democratic elections. Political disputes resulting from the exercise of powers that have been constitutionally conferred on the ruling party through a popular vote must not be subverted, simply because those who disagree with the ruling party politically, and who cannot win the popular vote during elections, feel other arms of the State are avenues to help them co-govern the country.”

It is apparent that this regime believes that they can do as they wish because popular vote deems it so. Therefore, if the African majority wishes to sing about killing the European minority, they will do so, regardless of the terms of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, while justifying their genocidal actions.

Julius Malema was subsequently suspended from the ANC after he was brought before the ANC’s Disciplinary Committee in three charges. The ANC disciplinary committee found him guilty of (a). ‘bringing the party into disrepute’ (He public threats to assist with a Coup d’état in Botswana after he discovered the existence of an American Military Airfield); (b) ’causing division’ (he challenged President Zuma).

However, he was acquitted of (c).’racism’ – in spite of calls to occupy White Owned Farms and the continued commission of contempt.  He also joined forces with Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe and regularly cites him as an inspiration of how to get rid of the European Minority.

It is our contention that the ANC is adamant on protecting this blatant song of hate speech to direct members of the African majority to murder the European minority settlers. The song which was sung during the majority struggle against the horrors of Apartheid is a powerful and poignant tool to ensure unity of the electorate. The song also is believed to ensure focus of the electorate remains directed at the European minority rather than directed at failures by government in respect of poverty alleviation and endemic corruption within the structures of the State.

2. Other examples of hate speech by senior government officials “It is time for the league to take action to reclaim land, even if this is not initiated by the ANC themselves.” – Ronald Lamola, Deputy President of the ANC Youth League, Lecture at the University of South Africa, June 21, 2012.  Mentioning Zimbabwe as an example, he said “land grabbing was not initiated by the Zanu-PF, it was initiated by the party’s veterans “It is an illusion if South Africans believe they can get their land back peacefully” and “we need an act as forceful as war to bring it back to the Africans.”- Ronald Lamola, deputy President of the ANC Youth League on European Farmers while giving a public lecture at the Durban University of Technology, 19 June 2012.

We are going to shoot them with the machine gun. They are going to run. You are a Boer, we are going hit you and you are going to run. The cabinet (government leadership) will shoot them with the machine gun, shoot the Boer,” Sung by Jacob Zuma at the ANC Centenary celebrations while the audience danced and ululated and a massive cake was brought forward, January, 8, 2012.

“Once we agree that they stole our land, we can agree they are criminals and must be treated as such,” Julius Malema, President of the ANC Youth League discusses European minority farmers while addressing a conference in the presence of President Jacob Zuma in Galitshwe, 6 May 2011.”

“They can continue to whinge until they are blue in the face. They can continue to be as negative as they want to, or they can simply leave this country.” Charles Ngakula – Minister of Safety and Security on the European minority’s efforts to highlight excessive crimes, brutalization and murder, Parliament Presentation, October, 2006.

Shoot the Boer13.” Lulu Xingwana – Minister of arts and Culture and Nomvula Makonyane, Gauteng Premier (State Governor) sing, Mamelodi, Pretoria, April 5, 2010;


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