SAHRC to probe BLF racism
BLACK First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama is in hot water.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said this week it would institute litigation against him at the Equality Court for his statements on killing white people.
Mngxitama sparked a litany of complaints from various organisations when he made a racist statement at a rally in Potchefstroom in the North West at the weekend. He called on his supporters to kill five white people for every black person killed by those allegedly acting on the instructions of billionaire Johann Rupert.
The SAHRC said it was deeply concerned by the ongoing public statements by political leaders and citizens which had the potential of causing violence. It said such statements also damaged social cohesion and undermined national unity.
Yesterday, members of the ANC condemned Mngxitama’s outbursts. It said Mngxitama knew that actual violent acts and threats of violence would attract media coverage way beyond “the small group of BLF supporters”.
The Kathrada Foundation joined in the condemnation, with its executive director, Neeshan Balton, saying Mngxitama’s racism was “inciteful and, in our view, amounts to hate speech”. |