Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has asked for your opinion on the controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

16164 active citizens have participated in this, so far

The Bill aims to provide for the prosecution of persons who commit offences referred to in this Act and provide for appropriate sentences. Although “hate” is not clearly defined in the Bill, ‘‘harm’’ is broadly listed as any emotional, psychological, physical, social or economic harm;

You are invited to support or object to the Bill by providing comment below. Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, media, summary or documents below.   Closing date is midnight 15 February 2019.

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Do you support the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill? (view summary below)
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mpoleleng
Yes I do
reduce people feeling free to be racist
Derek
Not fully
I directed on many occasions my concerns about the implementation of such laws, while the constitution already allows for the prosecution of any culprits. The ANC government never intended to uphold and defend constitution in all their actions up till today. Why would they do it by implementing new laws? My second biggest concern is the freedom of religion as written in Chapter 2 clause 15, the hate speech bill contradicts the mentioned clause! In effect it means that every "religion" does have its right to act according to their religious laws! The same principle applied to the magistrate or judge who will judge any person who contravenes the hate speech bill! The implementation of the law must then be done in accordance with each religion, "who will judge who". We all know that every religion is NOT connected to the same spiritual believes and therefore this law cannot and will not be possible in South Africa! I am still awaiting the reply from the judicial system with regards to the implementation of current laws which contradicts the believes and religion of other tribes, who are NOT RESPECTED by the current judicial system and judges! The words of the chief justice, people should be judged according to their religion, it NEVER happened in South Africa! This bill yet another way of oppressing of one religion or tribe above others. Yet another dream of someone who think he/she can control people by means of laws, while democracy is based on freedom!
dumisani
No I do not
is it the bill going to take away the found mental right of freedom of speech?
Robert
No I do not
Hate speech creates racial disharmony, creates divisions and injustice in the workplace, increases crime and violence and torture when burglaries take place. When cars are hijacked with drivers they are subjected to painful tortures all starts with leaders hate speeches who only focus on getting votes and not bothered about the peace and happiness of the citizens of the country.
The obligatory duty of any leader to put the happiness and peace of a country before his power and position. God knows What mistakes my grandfather has done has nothing to do with me. You cannot punish a nation for what a few people have done. Let us live up to human dignity and not generalise. There are good and bad people in every race let us all as good people fight the bad in bad people and protect the good in good people for a peaceful and happy South Africa.
a. c. naidoo
Yes I do
Hate speech creates racial disharmony, creates divisions and injustice in the workplace, increases crime and violence and torture when burglaries take place. When cars are hijacked with drivers they are subjected to painful tortures all starts with leaders hate speeches who only focus on getting votes and not bothered about the peace and happiness of the citizens of the country.
The obligatory duty of any leader to put the happiness and peace of a country before his power and position. God knows what is cooking in the very core of our minds. What mistakes my grandfather has done has nothing to do with me. You cannot punish a nation for what a few people have done. Only animals attack the whole herd if one has faltered. Humanity has faltered throughout history in this respect. Let us live up to human dignity and not generalise. There are good and bad people in every race let us all as good people fight the bad in bad people and protect the good in good people for a peaceful and happy South Africa.

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