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STOP PUBLISHING A LIBEL AGAINST NELSON MANDELA
Dear Sir/ madam
Re: Defamation of Nelson Mandela by a false defamatory statement.
I wish to express my disgust and concern about the
the extreme comments by Sunette Bridges on her facebook page (as per https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520609821331584&set=a.346000638792504.79543.327235257335709&type=1&theater
). Her recent statement that "Today, exactly 30 years ago,
Mandela gave instruction to his comrades to plant the Church Street Bomb
that killed 19 people and injured 200" is absolutely
shocking, extremely offensive and not based on facts.
Her comment "and 10 years later the world made a god of this terrorist and gave him the Nobel peace prize! " is not only defamatory, but it is also hate speech.
statement led to flood of comments by her followers which can only be
described as extreme hate speech against Nelson Mandela and black people
in general. Based on the following, I urge
you to please act immediately:
Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and
Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) prohibits any person from
publishing or communicating "words based on one or more of the prohibited
grounds (including race), against any person, that could reasonably be
construed to demonstrate a clear intention to (a) be hurtful; (b) be harmful or
to incite harm; or (c) promote or propagate hatred."
This freedom is qualified in section 16(2) of the
Constitution which states that freedom of expression "does not extend to
propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that
is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes
incitement to cause harm".