Inxeba ruling overturned
THE North Gauteng High Court overturned the “porn” classification of local film Inxeba: The Wound yesterday.
Presiding judge Joseph Raulinga ruled that the Film and Publication Board (FPB) Appeal Tribunal’s process for the film’s reclassification was legally flawed and should therefore be reviewed and set aside.
He said the ruling needed to balance the right to freedom of expression with cultural rights, adding that the ritual of initiation is sacred to “majority of African people”.
He further said homosexuality, which is one of the film’s main subjects of focus is a protected right.
Reacting to the news, a statement from Inxeba’s Twitter page read: “We are delighted that the court upheld the contentions that the Appeal Tribunal’s decision was unlawful and invalid and that this vindicates the position taken by the film team all along.”
In March, the court temporarily lifted the Xrated ban, pending the outcome of the review proceedings and the film also resumed being screened in cinemas in the country. It had been banned from local cinemas following marches and violent threats which were condemned by the South African Human Rights Commission.
The film recently bagged its 20th accolade during the 12th annual Saftas in Sun City in April and a Golden Horn Award for best feature film.
NOT PORN: Inxeba explores the lives of three gay men.