Agricultural union TLU SA is considering legal action to force the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to supply satisfactory answers over the prosecution of the leader of Black First Land First (BLF), Andile Mngxitama.
More than a year after Mngxitama threatened and incited his followers to kill white women and children, the NPA still cannot indicate whether it will prosecute him.
In December 2018, during a public rally in Potchefstroom, North West, Mngxitama threatened to kill five white people for every one black person killed. He further made threats against women and children: “We will kill their children, we will kill their women, we will kill anything we find on our way.”
The next day, on December 11 2018, TLU SA laid a charge of hate speech against Mngxitama with the police. TLU SA had made various enquiries on how the case is progressing during the past year, and thousands of people have signed the organisation’s petition on it.
“From the most recent interaction with the NPA, in November, it is obvious that there is no decisive answer on what is happening with the case or even who is handling it,” said Louis Meintjes, the president of TLU SA.
“In terms of the National Prosecution Act, the power to decide on and undertake legal action on behalf of the state lies with the NPA. The state must protect South Africans against crime but fails time and time again. It is highly concerning and creates the perception that lawbreakers can do as they please without any consequences,” Meintjes said.
“The work ethic of the NPA is a disgrace and shows the flagrant disrespect the body has for the community. The NPA should at least supply answers to complainants, but even that is not happening.”