Some cases has been postponed at different courts today in the country; the case against the Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama is no exception.
The BLf leader was dragged to court by AfriForum following the controversial remarks about killing white people. AfriForum took Mngxitama to the equality court over comments he made at a rally in Potchefstroom in North West on December 8 2018. Mngxitama urged supporters to kill five white people for every black person killed.
The legal counsel of the BLF leader Khalipa Mafungo, old the court he had received instructions only on Saturday thus the postponement was to also allow media companies to file an application to film proceedings.
AfriForum did not object to the media recording proceedings. its legal counsel Mark Oppenheimer suggested leading evidence by AfriForum’s deputy chief executive Ernst Roets on camera before the postponement, as they believe the the case should be covered by the media. its chief executive Roets said they want the court to declare Mngxitama’s comments as hate speech and for him to apologise and also refrain him or his party from making that comment or similar comment in future.
Mngxitama’s legal counsel submitted that allowing the media to film proceedings on Wednesday would be an ambush of the BLF, as he had not had enough time to prepare for the case. Speaking after the matter was postponed, Mngxitama said his utterances about killing were in response to a statement allegedly made by businessman Johann Rupert. He said “This case is not about what we said, It’s about what Johann Rupert said; Johann Rupert’s threat of unleashing a militia to the taxi industry.
BLF had previously indicated that they would represent themselves. However the party arrived at the court premises with a legal counsel who in turn said he has not been fully briefed and they want the matter postponed.”
The equality court, sitting at the Johannesburg magistrate’s court, postponed the matter to allow the parties to file documents and for Mngxitama to consult a legal representative.