- The Prevention of Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has now been tabled in Parliament
- The Bill will in effect see jail time becoming the norm for those found guilty of racially motivated slurs or attacks
- Under the terms of the Bill, a person who is convicted of a hate crime can receive a fine or a prison sentence of up to 3 years
The Prevention of Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has now been tabled in Parliament will see racists in South Africa face mandatory jail time if they are convicted of racially motivated slurs, attacks or hate crimes.
Under the terms of the new Bill, a person who is convicted of committing a racially motivated crime or hate crime can be sentenced to pay a fine or receive a prison sentence of up to 3 years.
The introduction of the Bill comes at a poignant time in South African history. Last month, Vicky Momberg became the first South African to receive a prison sentence for using racial slurs.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Bill was first introduced in October 2016, after receiving more than 75 000 public submissions the Bill was amended and Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the Bill last month.
The Bill now heads to Parliament’s Justice Committee for consideration before being passed onto the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces for approval.
The Bill makes provision for jail time for those found guilty of verbal or physical attacks which are proved to be racist or hateful.
Human rights groups have raised their concerns about certain clauses in the Bill which they say infringes on freedom of speech and media freedom.
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