Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

Parliament invites the public to comment on the proposed Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

    • the purpose of the Bill is to provide for the offences of hate crime and hate speech, and the prosecution of people who commit those offences

Add your suggestions, objections, or have your say below.

comments delivered (closed 1/10/2021 – however, we will still accept your comment)
Dear South Africa

Have your say – shape the outcome.

    Do you support the proposed Hate Crimes and the Hate Speech Bill?

    What is your top concern? (view details at orange link above)

    What is your status?

    How did you find out about this campaign?

    Dear South Africa

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    Hate speech is defined as publishing, propagating, or advocating anything that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be harmful or to incite harm, or promote or propagate hatred on the following grounds:

    • Age
    • Albinism
    • Birth
    • Colour
    • Culture
    • Disability
    • Ethnic or social origin
    • Gender or gender identity
    • HIV status
    • Language
    • Nationality, migrant or refugee status
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Sex, which includes intersex
    • Sexual orientation

    Harm is defined as any emotional, psychological, physical, social, or economic harm.

    A hate crime is defined as an offence recognised under any law where the perpetrator was motivated by prejudice or intolerance based on any of the above characteristics.