old sa flad hung up on the wall of morgenzon restaurant

Photo: Sandile Lubisi / TW

Mpumalanga restaurant draws ire for displaying old SA flag

The sight of the old SA flag that was hung next to a Springboks jersey has caused a row on social media.

old sa flad hung up on the wall of morgenzon restaurant

Photo: Sandile Lubisi / TW

The banned South African flag of ‘the good old days’ has resurfaced on social media. A tweep posted this picture, showing the old SA flag framed and hung up on the wall of a restaurant believed to be in Morgenzon, Mpumalanga.

Sandile Lubisi claims he stopped by at an establishment, in Morgenzon, to have a cup of coffee but quickly left after he saw the old SA flag displayed next to a Springboks jersey.

Where is Morgenzon?

Morgenzon is a small farming town in Mpumalanga. Translated from Dutch, Morgenzon means ‘morning sun’ and it rests on the banks of the Osspruit River.

The town has a cosy feel to it, and tourists often stop by to see the artifacts that have been preserved by farmers whose background is deeply rooted in agriculture.

Is the restaurant breaking the law by hanging the old SA flag?

The display of the old SA flag only exacerbated the segregatory rhetoric that has been driven by the EFF leadership since the Boks Rugby World Cup victory. Even Lubisi referred to Mbuyiseli Ndlozi being ‘correct’ about the fake unity that was apparently shown in celebrating the momentous victory.

However, a more pertinent question that remains unanswered is: What are the implications of the hate speech ruling if the old SA flag was displayed around artifacts inside the establisment?

The Gauteng High Court, on Wednesday, 21 August, declared the display of the old SA flag as hate speech. The only exception that would be considered by the law is if the flag is used for purposes of genuine artistic, academic or journalistic expression.

Judge Phineas Mojapelo further ruled that the use of the flag in private spaces is also prohibited. He explained that in democratic South Africa, there should be no space considered as private to one race, much to the exclusion of another.

Therefore, under the Equality Act, this display would constitute hate speech, unless, as Mojapelo indicated, the defendant offers an acceptable explanation for this.

We attempted to contact Lubisi to get further insight into his alleged experience. However, at this time, we were unsuccessful.

Ndlozi, who was mentioned in the tweet, only endorsed Lubisi’s sentiment with a retweet. Outside of that, and idle threats of a revolt from EFF supporters, nothing much has developed from this– as yet.