Friday, 20 September 2019 11:35

Lobby Group Afriforum has been denied leave to appeal the ruling of the gratuitous display of the apartheid-era flag that amounts to hate speech.

The application seeking leave to appeal was heard in the Equality Court, sitting in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

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

The apartheid flag was adopted in 1928 after the unionisation and reflected the flags of the Netherlands, Britain, the Orange Free State and South African Republic.

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg declared the "gratuitous display" of the flag constituting hate speech in terms of Section 10(1) of the Equality Act, unfair discrimination in terms of Section 7, and harassment in terms of Section 11 of the act.

The judgment did not mean that in no way is the flag being banned,but it must not be forgotten that there are people, particularly black people, who have wounds because of the injustices of apartheid.