AfriForum’s leave to appeal the Equality Court’s ruling declaring the gratuitous display of the apartheid flag as hate speech has been denied.
The lobby group argued that the banning of the flag was a violation of freedom of speech.
The matter was brought to the Equality Court by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Human Rights Commission last month, asking the court to stop the display of the flag.
Earlier this week, the High Court in Johannesburg ruled that AfriForum’s Ernst Roets did not break the law when he posted a picture of the apartheid flag just hours after the Equality Court had ruled that its gratuitous display amounted to hate speech.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation in its application was arguing that Roets was in contempt of court.
But deputy CEO of AfriForum argued that the display of the old flag could still be used for artistic, journalist and academic purposes.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.