Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.comJudge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling doesn’t mean an outright ban of the flag, which can continue to be used for artistic, academic, journalistic or other purposes deemed in the public interest. Displays of the old flag at demonstrations against farm murders on ‘Black Monday’‚ 30 October 2017‚ at least two of which were verified‚ persuaded us that the time had come to act.”Roets‚ however‚ maintains that reports of the old flag being displayed at these events were "overblown". Many South Africans still view it as a symbol of apartheid, and therefore have strongly discouraged its use.
Despite the negative associations, it was never banned by the Government of South Africa post-1994 and the right to display it in South Africa was protected under Chapter Two of the Constitution of South Africaas an expression of free speech until 20… Flying an apartheid-era flag in South Africa is now considered a crime under most circumstances, according to a ruling from the nation’s Equality Court.In a firmly worded decision filed Wednesday, Judge Phineas Mojapelo ruled that “gratuitous” display of the Old Flag — a symbol of white-supremacist rule in South Africa — amounted to hate speech, racial discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act. On 31 May 1910 these four colonies came together to form the Union of South Africa and the individual colonial flags were no longer used and new South African flags came into being. The question YouTuber, Renaldo Gouw, asked over whether or not the old South African flag should be banned has generated different reactions and opinions. Breaking: It’s now ‘illegal’ to display the apartheid flag in South Africa It's a historic day for South Africa, following the Equality Court's ruling on the apartheid flag. "Displaying the old flag is not hate speech‚ nor does it amount to a call to action‚ nor does it meet the threshold for incitement to cause harm‚" he argued.In motivating for the ban on the public displays of the old flag‚ the foundation’s CEO Sello Hatang expressed his personal pain when he heard it was being waved at events in democratic South Africa – as it recalled the inhuman treatment he endured during apartheid.In response‚ Roets said that the next time Hatang hears of an old flag being waved he "could use the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a nation". The efforts to ban the flag were opposed by Afriforum, a group representing South Africa’s white Afrikaner minority. South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the old apartheid-era flag in a ruling that it's gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Supporters of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) display an old South African flag, second from left, an old Afrikaner "Vierkleur" flag and swastika-like flags as they await the release of their leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche from prison in Potchefstroom, South Africa where he was granted parole after serving three years of an effective five year sentence for the 1996 attempted murder of a black security guard.
Apartheid ended in 1994 when South Africa became a democracy, but its flag was never banned. Drop your mail and be the first to get fresh news. Predictably, vast swathes of sheep across South Africa have been celebrating yesterday’s court ruling effectively banning the old South African flag. The old South African flag used during Apartheid has been partially banned by the Equality Court. Well, almost nothing.SAFRICA-LAND/AUSTRALIA:South Africa demands Australian minister retract white farmer commentsIf old SA flag is banned‚ gay flag could be next: AfriForum © 2020 Arena Holdings (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved. More certain will be confused South Africans and the continuation of debate in future court cases. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. On Wednesday, the Mandela Foundation celebrated its victory.“We have started a conversation about what matters to South Africans, how to remember the past and what the past means for us today,” the organization AfriForum’s head of policy and action, Ernst Roets, said after the ruling that his organization disagreed with the judge’s interpretation of the Equality Act.“Simply displaying it, in our view, is not sufficient for it to be hate speech,” Roets That more conservative interpretation of the Equality Act is similar to how justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have long viewed free-speech cases.
The colours of the flag, though, have never been given official symbolic meaning. Mainstream and social media are rejoicing as if they’ve slayed a dragon.
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