Flag case ‘closer to fascism than reconciliation’ – Roets

Staff Writer | Sep 06, 2019
Judgment was reserved in the South Gauteng High Court yesterday when AfriForum’s Ernst Roets appeared on a charge of contempt of court for tweeting an image of the old South African flag.

The charge was laid by the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), whose application last month to the Equality Court resulted in a decision that ‘gratuitous’ displays of the old flag amounted to hate speech.

Shortly after the Equality Court’s judgment, Roets posted a tweet of an image of the old flag with the question, ‘Did I just commit hate speech?’

The NMF yesterday requested the court to impose a jail sentence on Roets.

In a statement, Roets said: ‘The NMF argues that they are pursuing this case to promote reconciliation. Yet they demand that a civil rights activist be imprisoned because of a tweet. This action is closer to fascism than reconciliation. There are many crises and (much) pain in this country. However, the NMF chooses to ignore these and to rather focus on suppressing civil freedom – in the name of Nelson Mandela, apparently.’


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