Hate Speech Bill to be Tabled Soon

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

The Draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is heading for parliament.

The justice and constitutional development department published the draft bill’s explanatory summary in Government Gazette 41543.

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

The draft bill aims 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 crimes and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those crimes;
•    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;
•    Amend certain Acts of Parliament consequentially; 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 department also pointed out that the revised draft bill is considerably different from the previous version.

Meanwhile, the department also published a raft of notices in Gazette 41552 detailing the creation of magisterial districts and the setting up of district courts in various parts of the country. A notice also deals with the jurisdiction of the Gauteng and North West High Courts.

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