'Criminalising racism is not the solution to the problem'
SAIRR says South Africans should address racism when it appears.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says it does not believe criminalising racism is a solution to the problem.
Commenting on research network Afrobarometer's report on South Africa's progress since 1994, the institute says South Africans should address racism when it appears.
An Afrobarometer survey of 2,400 respondents shows many still believe courts and landlords discriminate against certain groups based on race.
Although 68 percent of respondents indicate tolerance for immigrants, it's significantly lower than the 81 continental percentage.
The SAIRR'S Mienke Steytler says, "We are worried that if something like racism is criminalised, it will be very difficult to draw the line. What will happen to comedians? What will happen to legitimate criticism of government? What will happen to freedom of expression?"