SAHRC to probe BLF racism

The Sunday Independent - - METRO -

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”. |

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