Black First Land First spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has been ordered to remove all remaining offending statements from all of her social media accounts and undergo sensitivity and diversity training by December 2022.
Maasdorp must also pay sheriff’s fees incurred by the SAHRC (SA Human Rights Commission) and he is prohibited from issuing statements advocating murder or any form of violence against any group in South Africa.
The SAHRC announced their victory against Maasdorp on Friday afternoon. Proceedings had been brought in the High Court of the Western Cape (sitting as the Court of Equality) following numerous complaints about Maasdorp’s alleged hate speech on social media.
The allegations against Maasdorp included:
- On September 24, 2016, on his face book page, during a conversation about white people in South Africa, he asked the question “when are we going to kill them?” » ;
- on September 25, 2016, on his twitter page, he wrote: “I have aspirations to kill white people, and it must be achieved”; and
- on December 14, 2018, he released a statement on Twitter, celebrating the murder of an elderly white couple whom he tweeted “ratio: ‘5:1′”. This referenced an earlier statement by a member of the BLF movement that five white people should be killed for every black person killed.
The Equality Tribunal heard the Commission’s application and, on February 17, 2022, rendered judgment against Maasdorp.
The SAHRC said: “The Commission considers this to be an important judgment which contributes greatly to the Commission’s aim of eradicating all forms of hate speech on racial or other grounds.”