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Bill to make hate speech a crime to be tabled soon

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The national campaign encourages South Africans to speak out against racism and report racist incidents

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THE anti-hate-speech bill was before the cabinet and would be tabled in Parliament soon, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch of Anti-Racism Week in Joburg yesterday.

“Once the draft bill is approved by the cabinet, it will go to Parliament within this current term of administration,” he said.

“We will not rest until we eradicate racism because racism does not only exist because of colonial history, it resides in people’s minds and psyche. We will continue to strive for a world characterised by equality, peace, harmony and full of love.”

The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill seeks to make hate crimes and hate speech criminal offences.

The bill, which was first drafted only to make provision for hate crimes, was later amended after several instances of hate speech via social media, which caused a pubic outcry.

The bill will create offences for several forms of discrimination, including on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and nationality.

Anti-Racism Week runs from March 14 to 21, and is held annually during Human Rights Month.

The campaign aims to create public awareness about racism and how it affects individual citizens and society.

The national campaign encourages South Africans to speak out against racism and report racist incidents. – ANA