Final order against Nazi sympathiser Jan Lamprecht upheld
After a long and gruelling battle to see justice done, Professor Karen Milner, the Gauteng Chairperson of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), succeeded in obtaining a final order against the self-confessed White Supremacist and Nazi sympathiser, Jan Lamprecht. In a scathing judgement, the magistrate found that all of the requirements had been proven by Prof Milner for a restraining order and commended her for pursuing justice in the matter and bringing Lamprecht to book.
It was found that the website owned by Lamprecht devalued the Jewish community and other racial groups. The consistent, unashamed nature of his website led Prof Milner to fear for her safety. She was the one person who was sufficiently identifiable in the threats from him and his followers. He nevertheless continued to publish his antisemitic and racist comments and while the results were foreseeable, he never desisted from doing-so. Consequently the magistrate confirmed the interim protection order and added further conditions with a view to protecting Prof Milner from any future harassment.
Her attorney, Ian Levitt said, “this is a huge victory and well-worth the fight despite the length of time the case took.” He cautioned antisemites and racists, that “no matter how long it will take, our resolve is strong and we will show you that there are consequences to your hatred”.
Professor Milner said she was absolutely delighted that once again the SA Courts have recognised that hate and antisemitism have no place in our society and that those who are targeted will be protected. She also expressed her gratitude to Advocate Laurance Hodes and Ian Levitt Attorneys for their commitment to this case.
There is a further criminal case against Lamprecht which is still to be heard.