The Nelson Mandela Foundation seem not be backing down in making sure AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets is indicted following his display of the old nation flag few hours after Equality Court had declared it to be hate speech. The foundation yesterday asked the high court in Johannesburg to declare Roets in contempt of court for displaying the old “apartheid-era” flag.
The foundation said it was up to the court to impose a sanction on Roets if it found him guilty; It brought the application last month after Roets displayed the old flag on his Twitter account with the question: “Did I just commit hate speech?”
Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Counsel for the foundation aid although AfriForum and Roets had disavowed the use of the old flag, their motives were revealed a few hours after the judgment by Gauteng deputy judge president Phineas Mojapelo when Roets displayed the flag. Ngcukaitobi said the display by Roets was a perpetration of racism that had been stopped by the court. He noted that ” Roets as decided that he is not going to comply with the declaration of the court.”
The foundation’s counsel noted that what Roets did was to call into question the character, dignity and standing of the judiciary as a whole.
In response to all that has been said against him, Roets dismissed suggestions that he disrespected the judgment, insisting that the court said that the flag could be used for academic purposes. He said he was asking an academic question with his tweet.