The case of hate speech against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and party MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been dismissed with costs in the High Court in Johannesburg.
Lobby group AfriForum brought the case against the EFF leaders for singing the song, “dubula ibhunu” or “Kill the Boer”, during the Brendin Horner murder case in the Free State last year.
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Horner, a farm manager, died after being strangled on the farm on which he worked.
AfriForum argued that the pair is guilty of inciting violence and hate speech by singing the “Kill the Boer” song.
During the trial, Malema argued that the song was part of the country’s heritage and did not amount to giving a command.
The legal tilt over the song dates back to 2011 when Malema was still leader of the ANC Youth League.
The Equality Court found that Malema was guilty of hate speech, effectively barring him from singing the song.