Afriforum lodge complaint over Zindzi's "thieving rapist" tweet

By Doug Mattushek - 08 July 2019Views : 208

Afriforum has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission following Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane’s tweet.

Last month, Mandela-Hlongwane was involved in a Twitter war over land reform and named her detractors “thieving rapist descendents of Van Riebeck [sic]” and “shivering land thieves”.

Minister of international relations and cooperation Naledi Pandor was called to investigate the tweets and subsequently slapped Mandela-Hlongwane on the wrist, reiterating she must follow government’s social media policy.

As such, Afriforum has laid hate speech charges against Mandela-Hlongwane, who is South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark.

"In view of this outcome, AfriForum has therefore decided to proceed with this complaint to the SAHRC," said the group’s deputy chief executive responsible for international liaison, Alana Bailey, in a statement.

"With her messages, Mandela bore witness to a hate-bearing attitude towards white people in the country. She has publicly contributed to the polarisation of local communities. With crude language, as well as false and humiliating references such as ‘rapists’, ‘cowards’ and ‘land thieves’, she is contributing to a dangerous discourse of scapegoating."

Since, Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has thrown his support behind Mandela-Hlongwane, tweeting “We will defend her with everything.”