S.Africa's Malema files 'hate song' appeal

6th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The youth leader of South Africa's ruling ANC Julius Malema appealed Tuesday against a "hate-speech" ruling for singing a racially-charged anti-apartheid song, a court official said.

"Today a notice of appeal was received from Julius Malema's lawyer. His appeal is likely to be heard in the third term of next year," an appeals court clerk told AFP.

The firebrand leader was found guilty by a civil court in September of hate speech for singing a song whose lyrics mean "shoot the white farmer", and was banned from singing the song, a judgement he has defiantly ignored.

Rights group AfriForum, which represents mainly Afrikaans-speaking white South Africans descended from the country's first European settlers, launched the civil case against Malema.

But the African National Congress (ANC) has argued that the song is part of the country's liberation heritage and constitutes no hate. It was originally sung at rallies and funerals of activists during white-minority rule.

Malema is also appealing a five-year suspension from the party following an internal disciplinary hearing in November.

The entire top leadership of the youth league was found guilty of a string of charges which included sowing divisions within the ANC.

© 2011 AFP

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