Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) on Friday said it will open a contempt of court complaint against an AfriForum official for sharing the Apartheid flag on social media.

South African High Court ruled on Wednesday that gratuitous display of the old flag constitutes a hate speech, harassment and unfair discrimination, referring to AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets’ sharing of the flag on Twitter on Wednesday.

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation will now be proceeding with an urgent application in the High Court to declare Ernst Roets in contempt of court,” said NMF’s Luzuko Koti. “The Foundation is of the view that AfriForum’s representative’s actions were in bad faith and in contempt of court.”

The High Court said the Apartheid flag can only be displayed for academic, artistic, journalistic and public interest which the Foundation said Roets’ does not qualify.

The NMF said it has tried on many occasions to work with AfriForum healing the wounds of the past and building the country, but AfriForum has always rejected the offer.

Roest attended the court proceeding on Wednesday and said the judgment infringes on the right to freedom of expression. Enditem

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