South Africa: A song was convicted of incitement to hatred
South Africa, September 12, 2011
A song that was sung by the young president of the ANC, Julius Malema, was convicted of inciting hatred against white people.
The lyrics of the song ‘Dubula Ibhunu’ speaks of killing white farmers called as “rapists” and “thieves.” The song that is still sung today was a banner of struggle during apartheid.
Judge Colin Lamont determined that the issue “is an incitement to hatred. The enemy became a friend, brother. Members of society should accept all people as brothers and this new vision should be encouraged.”
Malema’s followers claim that the track is part of the country’s history and does not refer to any particular person, but speaks of apartheid in general.
But Malema is receiving an internal disciplinary process for breaking the authority of President Jacob Zuma.