Edward Zuma ordered to issue public apology and pay up R60 000 for hate speech

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Edward Zuma has been ordered to, within the next 7 days issue an apology to the South African public and pay R30 000 to two schools for the hate speech he directed at Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan in an open letter.

The South African Human Rights Commission applied to the Durban Equality Court last year to find Zuma guilty of hate speech and fined him R100,000.

In the letter Zuma described the Gordhan and Hanekom as an “anti-majoritarian sell-out minority in the ANC who have brazenly and unabashedly spoken out against Zuma on various white-monopoly media platforms”.

The commission submitted that Zuma’s utterances painted the pair as proponents of white minority privilege and opponents of socio-economic transformation.

On Tuesday the commission and Zuma‚ a son of the former president‚ reached a settlement.

The conditions include that he submit a written apology to the public to the commission within seven days of the agreement. The commission will then publish the apology.

The commission requested that Zuma pay R60,000 to the Umthombo Secondary School in Howick. However, his attorney Ayanda Mkhwananzi said the initial agreement was for the money to be paid to Ohlange High School in Inanda.

Magistrate Irfaan Khallil said the Ohlange High School had a significant history and was also impoverished; therefore he ruled that Zuma split the R60,000 between the two schools.

“The parties should deem this matter as settled and finalised and undertake not to proceed with any further action flowing from the facts which were the subject matter of the litigation.”

“In event that the respondent fails to comply with the terms of this agreement‚ the applicant will reserve its rights to proceed further action against the respondent‚” Khallil read the agreement into the court record.

[Source: TimesLIVE]

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