AfriForum Lays Criminal Charges – For inciting violence and hate speech, AfriForum laid criminal charges against 100 social media users.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the civil rights organisation laid the criminal charges this morning.
As learnt, the affidavits were prepared with the assistance of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and criminal law expert Dr Llewellyn Curlewis.
The organisation said the individuals involved posted messages containing hate speech, racism, incitement to violence or a combination of the above on social media platforms.
Confirming this, the forum’s Deputy CEO, Ernst Roets related that they invited South Africans to send them screenshots of hate speech, racism and incitement to violence.
The forum did that after it noticed that public outrage and media coverage are limited to few statements on social media.
And, that there is a general impression that whatever one say on social media is acceptable and will not have any consequences.
Roets said the response to the invite for screenshots was overwhelming.
“We are concerned about the intensity of some of the messages and screenshots that we received.
” Unlike other cases that received significant attention in the media and which revolved mostly around racist slurs, many of the screenshots that we received contain calls to arms and requests or calls to kill or harm people.
“We are worried that, despite their more severe nature, these cases are not dealt with or condemned in the same manner,” he added
From our gatherings, AfriForum asked SAPS to urgently investigate the social media users, verify the identities of the individuals behind the social media accounts and charge them with the applicable offence.
While the forum requested the SAPS to provide feedback on a regular basis, it also offered to assist the police in any way it could during the investigations.
AfriForum Lays Criminal Charges Against Gauteng Health Department
Meanwhile, the civil rights organisation also laid criminal charges at the Johannesburg Central Police Station against Gauteng Department of Health and other entities.
AfriForum wants the police to investigate an alleged irregular tender of R24 million awarded by the Gauteng Department of Health.
The organisation said the tender was awarded without following the accepted tender procedures. And, that it entails the supplying of specialised medical equipment to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.