The South African Human Rights commission (SAHRC) has found that EFF leader Julius Malema's "white slaughter" comments do not amount to hate speech.The SAHRC said hate speech in this particular case was determined by whether the speech uttered was a clear intention to incite harm.
"Such incitement is not 'imminent' as per the language of section 16(2)(c) of the Constitution or foreseen at the time when the utterances are made. "Moreover, viewed in its context, the statement deals with the subject matter of land dispossession and redistribution, and is not aimed at inciting harm to white people," the human rights body found.This complaint was laid by the FW de Klerk Foundation after Malema said he was "not calling for the slaughtering of white people, at least for now.
What we are calling for is the peaceful occupation of land and we don't owe anyone an apology for that."The EFF has since welcomed the ruling."It is a defeat of those who are trying to shut down an important conversation about the land because what Malema said was a very important comment for the country to unpack.
"The FW de Klerk Foundation is raising fears not of what black people have done but what they have done. They suffer the insecurities of their own actions," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said on Friday. The foundation, however, has voiced its disapproval of the SAHRC's findings.