Stop People Using Hate Speech and Bang Goes Their Heritage

Cape Times (South Africa), September 15, 2011 | Go to article overview
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Stop People Using Hate Speech and Bang Goes Their Heritage


WITH all due respect to Judge Colin Lamont, hate speech is okay if it's historical and part of the Struggle.

Not that Shoot the Boer (Dubul' iBunu in the original) is necessarily hate speech. It could be interpreted as a term of endearment for white Afrikaner farmers, in the same way that one old friend may greet another with "how nice to see you, you old bugger".

The word "shoot" can also be used in the sense of "shooting the breeze" - that is, passing the time of day with idle chat.

Or, if two people meet, and one says he has a question for the other.

The other may then invite the question with the instruction to "shoot".

He knows the questioner won't pull out a gun and fire, even if he has been singing Umshini wami.

But if calls and chants to shoot the Boer are indeed hate speech, then they are necessary, as the ANC has pointed out, "to preserve our heritage as an organisation and as a people".

Stop folk calling for the destruction of a section of the nation and bang goes their heritage. They lose their sense of identity. The Struggle becomes meaningless, especially if they were too young to take part in it.

What the learned judge failed to appreciate was that hate speech is the only way to whip up people against their enemy who, in the view of Julius Malema, are whites in general and Afrikaner farmers in particular.

Otherwise your followers might forget who the enemy is and actually make friends with them.

This would never do because people you regard as your own might be persuaded to vote for a party not your own.

It explains why Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged the Springboks to moer their opponents.

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