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Cabinet outlines State’s position on hate speech draft bill

Cabinet has also discussed the furore over High Court Judge Mabel Jansen.

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CAPE TOWN - Deputy Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says racial tension could escalate if government does not take steps to tighten legislation to deal with it.

She was outlining cabinet's position on the state's plans to introduce a draft Bill to address racism and hate speech.

Cabinet has also discussed the furore over High Court Judge Mabel Jansen, saying her comments are not in keeping with what society expects from members of the judiciary.

Jansen has been placed on special leave while the Judicial Service Commission probes a complaint about her remarks on Facebook regarding rape being part of black culture.

Dlodlo says if race relations between blacks and whites are allowed to deteriorate, victims of racism will retaliate.

"You can imagine, if we don't find ways of dealing with it legally, that you will find a situation where it escalates beyond what it is today.

The deputy minister says acts of violence have already played out at some South African universities referring to incidents that took place at the University of the Free State and the University of Pretoria earlier this year.

"I'm not sure why it seems like such a farfetched thing. That's what we would have to try and arrest."

The justice department is finalising a draft law dealing with hate crimes, which will be submitted to Parliament.