A magistrate at the Randburg Magistrates Court, Naren Sewnarain, accepted the arguments put forward by Conrad Koch that there exists American-style freedom of speech in South Africa and everyone may insult everyone else in the grossest of manners, as well as wage open cyber war on social media. Harming your opponent in any way you see fit, apart from physically assaulting him, was given the imprimatur of the court.
According to Dr. Dan Roodt of the Pro-Afrikaans Action group said: “Although we lost the case, we succeeded in our strategic aim of safeguarding the popular Afrikaans is Groot concerts from disruption by leftist extremists over the past three weeks. That anyone would want to disrupt peaceful, non-political music concerts simply to score points in the media, shows to what extent conditions in South Africa have already degenerated into low-intensity ethnic conflict between language groups.”
The effect of the judgement, which essentially ignored the statute on harassment in favour of a vague appeal to the constitution, will be greater polarisation between groups in South Africa. Public discourse will deteriorate into invective, vituperation, calumny and other forms of what was euphemistically called “robust” speech.
In statements to the media outside the court, Dr. Dan Roodt of PRAAG said that he and Mr. Steve Hofmeyr were campaigning for a less violent and more decent society.
Evidently, decency is no longer a South African value and we may expect even greater degeneration into harmful campaigns, boycotts, race-baiting and other techniques in the cultural-Marxist arsenal.
Arguing before the magistrate, Mr. Steven Budlender, appearing for Conrad Koch, appeared to equate the previous dispensation in South Africa with Nazism, claiming that large numbers of people were wantonly killed. There was even question of it being forbidden to discuss such “facts” as it amounted to “apartheid denial”, which was akin to “Holocaust denial”.
According to both Hofmeyr and Roodt the day was “hardly a victory for free speech. Instead it was a victory for those who wish to curtail a rational and balanced debate about South African history and wish to drown it out with their hysterical exaggerations and intolerance toward dissenting viewpoints. Nonetheless we will continue to question the manufactured consent that every Afrikaner is a Nazi and that therefore our language, culture and history should simply be effaced from South Africa. We will continue to assert the right to write, sing and create in Afrikaans before our own people, regardless of how offensive a certain radical Nomenklatura might find what is after all a basic human right of all peoples and all cultures.”