Black First Land First (BLF) president Andile Mngxitama has sent opposing papers to Solidarity following a complaint that was filed with the Equality Court against the party on 14 February.
BLF spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp celebrated the devastating death of four learners who died in the Driehoek school disaster on 1 February. Maasdorp said in effect that the tragedy served as appropriate punishment for white people and their children.
In its affidavit, the BLF argues that it would be reasonable for black persons not to have empathy with white people’s pain. Mngxitama also states in the affidavit that Maasdorp’s remark should be seen in the context of the pain black persons experience on a daily basis as a result of the privilege every white person received because of colonialism.
He further claims that black people cannot be racist and that Solidarity’s application will therefore not succeed. “The fact that he said that, confirms just how extremely racist his comments are and that his statements must be condemned with the full force of the law,” said Anton van der Bijl, Solidarity’s Head of Labour Law Services.
Van der Bijl argued that the affidavit gave the BLF a golden opportunity to apologise to the parents of the victims of the Driehoek school tragedy for the statements made by the BLF, but the party chose to use this opportunity to find excuses for being racist and for being permitted to be racist.
“Although we support freedom of speech, the BLF has gone too far, and there is little doubt in my mind that they do not reflect the viewpoint of the vast majority of the South African public,” van der Bijl concluded.
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