Malema hate speech: HRC court case begins on Monday


The South African Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) case against Julius Malema, EFF leader, regarding his withdrawal from and apology for certain statements that amount to hate speech, begins on Monday in the Equality Court in the Western Cape.

This case stems from complaints that AfriForum and thousands of its members submitted to the HRC in October 2022 following Malema’s statements during the EFF’s provincial meeting in the Western Cape.

Among other things, Malema said at this event, which took place on 16 October 2022: “You must never be afraid to kill, a revolution requires killing at some point, because killing is part of the revolutionary act.”

Meanwhile, the HRC found in November 2022 that Malema and the EFF’s statements did amount to hate speech and incitement to violence.

The HRC demanded that Malema retract his statements and apologize within ten days. However, Malema refused. This prompted the HRC to turn to the Equality Court to obtain an interim interdict. AfriForum will attend these court proceedings.

“The HRC must act consistently against politicians who incite violence. This case is a step in the right direction,” says Ernst van Zyl, AfriForum’s Head of Public Relations.