S.Africa's ruling party to appeal hate song ruling

13th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The South African ruling party intends to appeal a court ruling that banned the singing of an anti-apartheid song whose lyrics mean "shoot the white farmer", a spokesman said on Tuesday.

On Monday, a court found the African National Congress (ANC) youth league leader, Julius Malema, guilty of hate speech for singing the infamous song, which the judge banned.

"We intend to appeal the court decision. The matter has been referred to our lawyers who are studying the judgement," said Keith Khoza.

The civil case was brought by Afriforum, a rights group which mainly represents white Afrikaners, descended from the country's first European settlers.

The group blamed the song for a spate of murders on white-owned farms.

The ANC earlier said in a statement it was "appalled" by the ruling, charging that it was an attempt to rewrite South African history.

After the verdict, some Malema supporters began singing it outside the court.

The song was usually sung at rallies and funerals of activists during white-minority apartheid rule.

© 2011 AFP

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