Cabinet has approved the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill for public comment‚ Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.
The bill will create the offences of hate crimes and hate speech‚ and proposes measures to prevent and combat them.
“The aim is to address the increasing number of racial incidents and to further address other types of criminal conduct motivated by bias‚ prejudice or intolerance in the form of hate crimes and hate speech which have occurred in the recent past‚” Radebe said at a post-cabinet media briefing Thursday.
“This is aligned to the National Development Plan which highlights the need for sustained campaigns against racism‚ sexism‚ homophobia and xenophobia‚ and that all people are and feel safe‚” the minister added.
Radebe said cabinet had affirmed its support for who it said was innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law.
“Cabinet remains confident in the country’s criminal justice system and the fair and just judicial processes which have defined our democratic era. These processes must be allowed to take their course.”