9 July 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA
A bill that will impose harsher punishment on hate crimes in South Africa is under way and may be approved this financial year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told journalists recently.
The minister said:
"The development of a bill to deal with hate crime is also underway to ensure that we have the necessary legal instruments to deal with this challenge"
"In its current form, the bill proposes that hate crime should be understood as an offence committed solely on or of the fact or perceived fact of the victim's race, gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, age, disability and religion.
"The department of justice has spearheaded development of a draft national action plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance..."
Masutha said the bill will soon go through the approval process "to ensure that its passing is expedited and hopefully signed into law by the President during the current financial year."
Masutha said he was hoping for more public comment on his other bill which will crimilise racism. The bill also seeks to criminalise any conduct that amounts to an attempt, incitement, instigation and conspiracy among other.
The deadline for public comment had been extended till August 31.