Afriforum up in arms about ‘hate speech’ song

The song by Cape Town artist, Dookoom, tackles the plight of farm workers in the Western Cape.

Civil rights group AfriForum has laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission about a controversial rap song penned by controversial artist Dookoom on 14 October 2014. Picture: Youtube

CAPE TOWN - Civil rights group AfriForum has laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about a controversial rap song, which is causing a stir on social media.

The song by Cape Town artist, Dookoom, tackles the plight of farm workers in the Western Cape.

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But AfriForum believes the lyrics amount to hate speech.

"According to the Equality Act, this is a very clear example of hate speech.

The organisation is worried, saying the lyrics encourage people to torch farms.

The music video features farm workers brandishing tools and a hunting rifle.

A member of the group, who goes by the stage name Human Waste, has defended the track.

"It's just a metaphor."

He denies they threaten violence, describing the lyric as an expression of anger over the way many farm labourers are treated.