Front National : Two members to press charges of hate speech against comedian Casper de Vries

Front National : Two members to press charges of hate speech against comedian Casper de Vries

As a result of a status update made by the comedian, Casper de Vries, on his Facebook page on 4 September 2014, two members of Front National and of the social media chatforum, Boere Krisis Aksie, decided to press charges of hate speech against the comedian with the South African Human Rights Commission.

According to article 16 of the Human Rights Charter, hate speech can be defined as: In South Africa, hate speech (along with incitement to violence and propaganda for war) is specifically excluded from protection of free speech in the Constitution. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 contains the following clause:

[N]o person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to― hurtful; harmful or to incite harm;
c.promote or propagate hatred

The “prohibited grounds” include race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.

Franci Kunneke of Front National Western Cape says she is a member of FN and BKA by choice and right of association. She regards herself as being a law-abiding and socially responsible person who has never been guilty of racism, sexism or homophobia. She feels that her Human Rights are being damaged by De Vries referring to Conservative Christian Afrikaners as “barbarians” “turd mud of society” “the most revolting people in existence” and “an error of nature.” Kunneke regards this as incitement to hate an ethnic, social group. She voices her serious concern that the use of Facebook and Twitter for this purpose by De Vries might expose young children and teenagers to hate speech.

Trevor Stumke of Front National Gauteng North based his complaint on the unprovoked attack on people following the Christian religion. He objects to De Vries using the Name of God in a disrespectful and libelous manner in his attack on Christian Afrikaners. Stumke says the reference by De Vries to Christian Afrikaners as “evil motherfuckers” is undoubtedly aimed at creating and inciting hate and revolt against Christians. De Vries’ open support of Hans Pietersen of the group OGOD, who recently asked for a court interdict to prevent 6 schools from maintaining their Christian indentity creates the ideal environment for these unprovoked and hate-filled expressions against Christianity.

Front National expressed full support for the action taken by these two members and calls upon all other members and supporters to take a firm stand against condemnable attacks against Christian Afrikaners as a part of our society.

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