Mandela foundation wants apartheid flag banned

The foundation criticises the use of the flag at demonstrations

The Nelson Mandela Foundation wants the display of the old South African flag, used under apartheid, to be counted as hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race.

The foundation says it has filed an application to the Equality Court in Johannesburg.

It says displays of the flag “demonstrably compound the pain experienced by millions of black South Africans who suffered under apartheid and continue to struggle under its legacy”.

“Some South Africans do not fully appreciate that apartheid was a crime against humanity (as the United Nations declared in 1973),” it goes on to say.