Hate Speech Bill Tabled in Parliament

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 41543 on 3 April 2018.

Comment was called on the proposed legislation at the end of 2016.

The bill seeks to:

•    give effect to the Republic’s obligations in terms of the Constitution and international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in accordance with international law obligations;
•    provide for the offence of hate crime and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those offences;
•    provide for appropriate sentences that may be imposed on persons who commit hate crime and hate speech offences;
•    provide for the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech;
•    provide for the reporting on the implementation, application and administration of this Act;
•    effect consequential amendments to certain Acts of Parliament; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

In March, the department announced that the draft bill had been revised following extensive submissions received on the proposed legislation.

The bill will be processed by the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development.

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