ANC, AfriForum reach 'Dubula iBhunu' deal

The parties reached an out-of-court settlement on the singing of the ‘Shoot the Boer’ song.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) and AfriForum on Wednesday announced that a settlement was reached in former Youth League president Julius Malema's hate speech case.

During a meeting on Tuesday, the ANC acknowledged that some words in certain struggle songs were hurtful to minority groups.

The matter relates to the singing of the 'Dubula iBhunu' (Shoot the Boer) song, which AfriForum says incites violence against white people.

The lobby group then opened a case to ban the song from being used in public spaces.

The ANC agreed to encourage its supporters to refrain from singing these songs.

Both parties said they will each pay their own legal costs.

In 2011, the South Gauteng High Court declared the song hate speech and banned it from being sung.

The ANC was due to go to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday to appeal the high court ruling.

Both parties believe a political settlement is better than a court order.

Malema, who brought the song into the spotlight, wrote his exams on Wednesday and therefore did not attend settlement talks.

But ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the agreement had Malema's blessing.