A recent complaint was lodged against Radio Rosestad on which speakers allegedly mocked the way in which Islamic people recite their holy book the Qur’an. The case heard on 13 March 2014 is based on a show which aired on October 2013. The apparent slur also conveyed sentiments that that one of the five pillars of Islam – the expression of faith, is a “mantra” and is therefore “Satanic.”
Of course the sane assumption would be that a country such as South Africa, heralded for its upstanding track record in respecting different beliefs, would be eons ahead of below the belt jibes and derogatory remarks made about faith.
Radio Rosestad (100.6 fm Bloemfontein) is a community based station formerly known as Radio Vryheid and its inability to reign in its shock jocks violates the right of citizens to make choices according to their convictions, the right to change their faith, the right to be educated in their religion, the right to educate their children in accordance with their philosophical and religious convictions and the right to refuse to perform certain duties or assist in activities that violate their religious beliefs. This is boldly according to The South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms(SACRRF)
Held that it was not permissible to broadcast such a view on air without, at the very least, the presenter stating that the opinion of a Muslim cleric should be sought to discuss the view. Since the view expressed attacked the core of Islam, and was emphasised repeatedly, it amounted to hate speech based on religion. The Complaint was upheld and a fine of R10 000 was imposed