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Cabinet approves Hate Speech Bill for public comment

The bill aims to curb racist utterances & other criminal conduct motivated by bias, prejudice or intolerance.

Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet has approved the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill to be published for public comment.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says the Bill is aimed at dealing with the rise in the number of racial incidents in the country.

He was briefing on the outcomes of yesterday's Cabinet meeting.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha first announced plans to make offences of hate crime and hate speech in his Budget speech in Parliament in April.

Radebe says the aim of the bill is to curb racist utterances and other criminal conduct motivated by bias, prejudice or intolerance.

He says the National Development Plan highlights the need for sustained campaigns against racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.