Video: No more place for ‘racist flags’


“Everyone has the right to protest, but there is no more place for racist flags.”

This is what Ronald Lamola, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, said on Wednesday outside the Magistrate’s Court at Groblersdal in Limpopo.

Lamola was at the court with his police counterpart, Bheki Cele, where both expressed their concern about some protesters who showed up at the court last week with the Four Colors.

The ministers addressed a crowd of protesters, which included members of the EFF, ANC and ACDP, while the bail application of Piet Groenewald and Stephan Greeff was briefly adjourned. The two are accused of assaulting a worker employed by Groenewald’s security company.

During Groenewald and Greeff’s previous court appearance last week, members of the Bittereinders movement protested outside the court for the two’s release.

Francois van der Merwe, a director of the Bittereinders, was arrested after an altercation with the police. Apart from his co-director, Devon Hofmeyr, there were not any notable other Bittereinders members at court on Wednesday.

However, Cele condemned the manner in which Van der Merwe and the Bittereinders protested earlier.

“The law must be allowed to take its course. The case is heard and people must remain calm; even though it is their constitutional right to protest, they must do so in an orderly manner.”

The case continues.