Press Statement dated 21 August 2019

Solidarity’s case against Black First Land First (BLF) regarding the racist and hateful statements about the victims of Hoërskool Driehoek will be heard in the Johannesburg High Court (which acts as the Equality Court in this case). Comprehensive arguments from both parties will be heard.

On 14 February 2019, Solidarity lodged a complaint at the SAPD as well as the Equality Court against the spokesperson of the BLF, Lindsay Maasdorp, after he celebrated the death of four learners in the Driehoek tragedy and in effect stated that this tragedy is a suitable punishment for white people and their children.

According to Anton van der Bijl, Head of Labour Law Services at Solidarity, the President of the BLF, Andile Mngxitama, argued in his affidavit that Maasdorp’s statement should be considered in view of the pain black people suffer daily as a result of the advantage every white person received on the grounds of colonialism.

“It is time that the easy defence that black people cannot be racist be dealt a death blow. Maasdorp and Mngxitama will quickly realise the opposite, and we believe that they will experience the full power of the law,” Van der Bijl said.

Issued by Solidarity