Parliament Seeks Comment on Hate Crimes Bill


Parliament has called for comment on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2018.

It 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.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services was briefed on the bill in June 2018.

The committee invites comment on the bill until 31 January 2018.

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