Following his ‘kill whites’ comments, AfriForum has requested that Mngxitama be ordered to pay R500 000 to an organisation campaigning against hate speech.

Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama has challenged allegations that he incited violence against white South Africans at a rally in Potchefstroom, North West, this weekend.

Mngxitama can be seen in video footage, circulating on social media, saying that for every black person killed by the taxi industry – under billionaire Johann Rupert’s instruction – the BLF will kill five white people.

On Tuesday, the BLF leader held a media briefing and denied that he was inciting violence against anyone, arguing instead that his comments were taken out of context.

“This is a blatant distortion of my remarks,” argued Mngxitama, as he went on to say the BLF was “a peaceful movement” that always exercised peace towards those who are peaceful towards it.

AfriForum deputy chief executive Ernst Roets described Mngxitama’s remarks as “blatant hate speech and incitement of violence”, and added that his organisation would “fight it with the necessary earnestness”.

In court documents filed today, AfriForum requested that Mngxitama be ordered to pay R500 000 to an organisation campaigning against hate speech.