The Love Not Hate campaign welcomes the publishing of the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill by the South African government.
The proposed legislation was released to the public on Monday, following a media briefing by Justice Minister Michael Masutha.
The Bill creates the offences of hate crimes and hate speech and seeks to put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences.
A hate crime is committed if a person commits any recognised offence, that is a common law or statutory offence (referred to as the “base crime or offence”) and the commission of that offence is motivated by unlawful bias, prejudice or intolerance.
The Love Not Hate campaign has long supported the enactment of legislation that will not only help ensure justice for victims of hate crimes, but will also allow for better tracking and management of these cases.
We urge the public, especially members of the LGBTI community, to read the draft legislation and to make their input by the 1st of December.
To read the draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, click here.