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Dookoom’s “Larney Jou P*#s” and the right to freedom of expression. Where do we draw the line?

In light of the farm protests of 2012 and news that more are yet to come, how far are we prepared to stretch the right to freedom of speech in the name of artistic expression?

Dookoom’s “Larney Jou P*#s” an

Cape Town’s surrounds seem to be home to a never ending supply of angry musicians with foul language as their only means of expressing themselves. Nevertheless, Dookoom seem to have struck a national nerve with their latest production, “Larney Jou Poes”.

The video depicts farm workers taking control of the farm they work on and vandalising the property, while the lyrics encourage violence against the ‘white oppressor’ and taking from white people what they took throughout colonialism. Starting off with a seeming mockery of Christianity and progressing to all-out violence; Larney Jou Poes not only pushes boundaries, but has also pushed civil rights movement Afriforum over the edge.

Afriforum threatened Dookoom with court if they did not withdraw the video and remove the song from the public sphere, which the former refused to do. While no court action was taken either, Afriforum did lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission citing racism and inciting violence, especially aimed at farmers.

Now, we’re all painfully aware of SA’s track-record when it comes to violent crimes involving farmers and their families, but more than that, violent crime as a whole. In light of this, should we allow people to hide behind the veil of freedom of speech when they might be crossing a line in terms of inciting violence? Let’s forget about farm murders for a second; our country is caught in a crime wave never before seen, so do we allow those with public influence to add more fuel to the already out-of-control fire?

That being said, do we allow every other person to lodge complaints and take people to court for exercising their human rights as set out by our constitution?

Here’s what the constitution says:  Section 16 of the Constitution protects freedom of expression. But freedom of expression does not extend to: propaganda for war; incitement of imminent ­violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.

We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether Dookoom’s “Larney Jou Poes” should be withdrawn or not. In the meantime, here’s the video.

Warning, this video contains explicit lyrics.