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Jon Qwelane's hate speech trial to resume Tuesday

The former journalist and ambassador to Uganda published an article in 2008 titled 'Call me names, but gay is not okay'.

Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Jon Qwelane's hate speech trial resumes in the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The former journalist and ambassador to Uganda published an article in 2008 titled “Call me names, but gay is not okay”. He has also lauded Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's stance on homosexuality.

The Psychology Society of South Africa, which is a friend of the court in the case, says testimonies were heard this week about the effects of hate speech and hate crimes on the LGBTI community.

Spokesperson Melanie Judge says they will be arguing that although the equality act limits the right to freedom of expression, it does so in a manner that satisfies the constitution.

“We heard very powerful testimonies from the people opposing women abuse, from the Psychology Society of South Africa. So this constitutional challenge in very important in terms of how we address xenophobia, racist speech and homophobic speech.”

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)

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