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Equality Court: Gratuitous display of apartheid flag is hate speech

The complaint related to the apartheid flag was lodged by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Human Rights Commission.

A screengrab of Judge Phineas Mojapelo delivering judgment in the Equality Court related to the apartheid flag on 21 August 2019.

JOHANNESBURG - The Equality Court has ruled that the gratuitous display of the apartheid flag constitutes hate speech.

WATCH: Judge Phineas Mojapelo delivering the judgment

The complaint was lodged by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

They did so after reports emerged that the flag, which was adopted by the apartheid regime, was displayed during Black Monday protests against farm murders in 2017.

AfriForum, which opposes the virtual banning of the flag, argued that displays of the flag did not constitute hate speech.