[LISTEN] Will Hate Crimes & Speech Bill address SA's underlying issues?
Talk Radio 702's Eusebius McKaiser spoke to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha about whether or not hate crime legislation can make a difference in the fight against prejudice.
JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says underlying tensions fuelling prejudice and discrimination in the country need to be addressed in concert with changes to legislation.
The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is making its way through Parliament.
The Justice portfolio committee wants more time to examine the draft law in greater detail.
The bill calls for harsher sentences of people convicted of hate crimes and hate speech, including imprisonment.
Masutha says underlying issues need to be dealt with as well.
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