BY EYTAN HALON
A senior South African trade unionist called for Jewish lives to be made “hell,” among other incendiary remarks, and eight years later he is being taken to task for his words.
Bongani Masuku, international relations spokesperson for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, was ordered by a Johannesburg court on Thursday to apologize to the South African Jewish community after he was found guilty of hate speech.
The Equality Court in Johannesburg held that Masuku made statements that were “hurtful, harmful, incite harm, and propagate hatred, and amount to hate speech,” during a 2009 public address at Johannesburg’s Wits University and in various written communications.
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Judge Seun Moshidi ordered Masuku to make an “unconditional apology” to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, or SAJBD, the umbrella organization of the South African Jewish community. He must apologize in the next 30 days or within a time period agreed to by the parties.