How 'problematic' Malema dodged another hate speech bullet

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- citizen.co.za | 3 months ago

EFF leader Julius Malema’s utterances were “problematic” in a democratic society committed to healing the divisions of the past and establishing a society based on democratic values and fundamental freedoms.

That’s according to South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO Bongani Majola yesterday, who cleared Malema and EFF general secretary Godrich Gardee of hate speech complaints brought against them. “The impugned statements made by Mr Malema constituted robust political speech, which enjoys special protection as expression that lies at the heart of the right to freedom of expression,” the SAHRC found.

“It is found that although offensive and even disturbing, the statements – viewed in their full context – do not amount to hate speech.

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