An update to a previous post here, the State vs Johnstone crimen injuria case was concluded last week, with the defendant convicted of three out of five counts of "verbally insulting" ID leader Patricia de Lille by SMS.
Sentencing has not yet taken place, and Ms. Johnstone is appealing the decision.
Ms. Johnstone is a former contributor to this blog - but the main reason for increasing public awareness of this decision is that thousands of such cases have been brought over the last 15 years and the law is a weapon used mostly against white South Africans. A magistrate was recently fined R4,000 for calling a janitor a "baboon".
The only way to fight back against this highly-abused law is to bring cases against anyone who uses the word "racist". After all, this term is used to attack white South Africans, and is highly offensive - almost being of the same magnitude as "paedophile" in my opinion.
All that is required for a conviction is the appearance of the offended party in the stand to publicly state how "offended" he/she was at the insult. No proof is required, highly unusual for a criminal, as opposed to a civil matter.
South Africans, fight back!
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