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South Africa May Legally Ban the Apartheid Flag

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has taken the matter to court and the case will begin today.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and the racist lobby group AfriForum, will appear in the Equality Court today and tomorrow. According to News24, the NMF will be arguing that the displaying of the Apartheid flag should be legally banned on the basis of hate speech.


Last year, the NMF filed an application for the Apartheid flag to be banned on the basis of hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race. The foundation expressed that the flag goes against everything South Africa's struggle heroes endured in the arduous fight to liberate Black people.

You'd be forgiven for having thought that the symbol of a brutal and racially segregated regime had been done away with when South Africa became a democracy back in 1994. However, those South Africans who are still nostalgic for the injustices of the past, are free to fly the flag in public without fear of repercussions in much the same way as racists still fly the Confederate flag in America.

Spokesperson for the foundation, Luzuko Koti, said:

"For the foundation, it is time to acknowledge that the old flag is a symbol of what was a crime against humanity and that its gratuitous public display celebrates that crime and humiliates everyone who fought against it, especially black South Africans."

However, AfriForum has termed the banning of the Apartheid flag unconstitutional and said that it violates freedom of expression. Unsurprisingly, the move to oppose the Nelson Mandela Foundation's court application is right on brand for them. One can only wonders whose freedom of expression they're referring to.

They've gone on to stress that the country's Constitution does not encompass symbols or images in what is terms "hate speech".

The matter is scheduled to be heard today and tomorrow in the Equality Court.

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Black Women Are the Future of French Cinema—When Will Cannes Catch Up?

In this op-ed, OkayAfrica contributor Aude Konan reflects on the progression of diversity in French cinema a year after the Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier demonstration at Cannes Film Festival.

A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

Since the book's release, the actresses have been busy working, some of them lucky enough to be able to portray fully fledged characters, others being reduced to play the "black woman" stereotype over and over again. Recently, one of them, Karidja Touré, well known for being in the film Girlhood, mentioned that she was pretty good at mimicking an "African accent." Semantics aside—and the fact that there is no such a thing as an African accent, as Africa is still not a country—it is pretty revealing: despite the wonderful coverage these actresses had, has the movement contributed to any change?

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Akwaeke Emezi's 'Freshwater' Is Being Developed Into a Series for FX

The adaptation is in early development as the Nigerian author teams up with screenwriter and director Tamara P. Carter to bring 'Freshwater' to life.

Akwaeke Emezi's debut, Freshwater, took the literary world by storm when it was released just last year.

We can now anticipate seeing the book be brought to live for TV. Their autobiographical novel is now in the early stages of being developed into a series for FX, Variety reports.

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