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AfriForum takes Lamola to court

AfriForum said it has lodged a complaint of hate speech against ANCYL deputy leader Ronald Lamola.

ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - AfriForum on Monday confirmed it had lodged a complaint of hate speech against ANC Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Ronald Lamola at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria [sitting as the Equality Court].

The charges are the result of Lamola's refusal to apologise for comments he made regarding the safety of South African farmers.

The organisation previously lodged a criminal charge against Lamola after he commented that unless government radically redistributed land soon - people would attempt to take it using violence.

"AfriForum issued the (hate speech) charge because the use of race as metaphor for the definition of inequalities in the community is extremely dangerous," said AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies in a statement.

"Mr Lamola is an active political role player.

"He's an agitator and as such, when he makes certain warnings, I think it's reasonable for people to regard them as threats."

In 2011, AfriForum took expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema to court over the 'Dubula iBhunu' (Shoot the Boer) song. Malema was ordered to not sing the song in public.

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