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Appeal Tribunal process into 'Inxeba' declared legally flawed

Thursday's ruling means the film's hardcore pornography classification is overturned.

FILE: 'Inxeba: The Wound'. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Pretoria has found the Appeal Tribunal process for the controversial film Inxeba: The Wound was legally flawed and should be reviewed and set aside.

Thursday's ruling means the film's hardcore pornography classification is overturned.

Appeals Tribunal reclassified the film from a rating of 16 to an X18 rating, which meant Inxeba couldn’t be screened at local cinemas.

_Inxeba _was hit with the 18X restriction amid the uproar from groups that accused the film of degrading the Xhosa culture through its same-sex themes.

The film, which depicts a sexual relationship between Xhosa initiates has been at the centre of a legal battle between the Film and Publication Board's Appeal Tribunal, the movie's producers and the National House of Traditional Leaders since its release last year.

_Inxeba _took home six awards at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) in March for best film, best director, screenplay, editing, actor and supporting actor.