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.

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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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