EFF vs Sanef: were Malema’s words ‘hate speech’ or mere ‘rhetoric’?
As they face off in the Equality Court, the two sides offer very different interpretations of EFF leader's speech
Was Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema guilty of hate speech when he said he “did not have to kill” journalists he believed were dishonest? And should he and his political party be held responsible for their supporters’ purported acts of intimidation against the media?
These questions go to the heart of an application brought before the Equality Court on Monday, where five journalists and the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) applied for an interdict against Malema and the EFF, accused of creating a “toxic” working environment for the reporters.
Malema and the EFF’s lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi argued the firebrand leader’s comments did not constitute hate speech in any way, but Sanef and the journalists’ lawyer, Daniel Berger SC, begged to differ...