Inxeba rul­ing over­turned

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Front Page - NONTOKOZO GXUMISA non­toko­zog@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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