Durban – Trade Union Solidarity said on Monday that the political party Black First Land First (BLF) missed the "golden opportunity" to apologize for racist remarks about the death of four students during the fall of the concrete transition to Hoërskool Driehoek a year earlier.
Solidarity filed a complaint with the Equality Court in February after BLF's spokesperson, Lindsay Maasdorp, "celebrated" the death of students, said the union through a statement sent by email.
Anton van der Bijl, who heads Solidarity's labor law services, said in a statement that the union received conflicting documents from the BLF president Andile Mngxitama.
In an interview for the Citizen, after a controversial tweet, Maasdorp said he would mourn the death of students if they were black.
He told the Citizen: "If our God finally intervened, and our ancestors petitioned and saw that the white land robbers have died, I definitely care about him. I celebrate the deaths of our enemies, their children, their cats and dogs. This is our position. "
Van der Bijl said that BLF claims in its statement that "it would be wise for blacks to have no sympathy with the pain of white people".
"Mngxitama also states in a statement that Maasdorp's attention should be seen in the light of the pain that black people experience every day as a result of the privilege every white man received because of colonialism," said Van der Bijl.
Mngxitama claimed that black people can not be racists and that the application will fail.
"The fact that he said that confirms how racist his comments are and that his statements must be condemned with full force of law," said Van der Bijl.
He said the statement gave the BLF "a golden opportunity to apologize to the victims of the Hoërskoola Driehok tragedy for BLF's statements."
However, the party decided to take the opportunity to find a justification for being racist and admitted to racism, Van der Bijl said.
"Although we support freedom of speech, the BLF has gone too far and I have no doubt that they do not reflect the viewpoint of the vast majority of South African public opinion."
African News Agency (ANA)