After President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, openly accused former ministers Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan of racism, he will now be prosecuted in the Equality Court.
Initially, he was given the opportunity to apologize and escape prosecution. He has indeed “apologized unconditionally,” but the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has decided to proceed with complaints against him.
The FF Plus said they are very encouraged by the decision of the HRC to prosecute Edward Zuma at the Equality Court as well as to institute criminal prosecution.
Adv. Anton Alberts said it indicates that the HRC has turned a new leaf and is now “fearlessly performing its constitutional mandate as it is best for them.” The FF Plus will have to keep a watch over the HRC to see if this is the case.
In the past, he said it was a struggle to get black-on-white or black-on-brown offenses prosecuted by the HRC. The fact that the HRC usually quickly acted of its own accord as blacks were victims of alleged human rights violations, clearly pointed to favoritism.
“The data available to the FF Plus following a Paia application of the HRC on complaints received by the HRC since 2000 also indicated that the HRC has no criteria when the institution was decided to pursue on its own initiative. It pointed to irrational, prejudiced and random prosecutions.”
“After years of struggle, this action is very encouraging and suggests that the HRC will hopefully and eventually be the constitutional instrument that will protect everyone, regardless of race,” said Adv. Alberts.