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Masutha: Underlying issues of prejudice, discrimination must be dealt with

Justice Minister Michael Masutha says underlying tensions fuelling prejudice and discrimination in the country need to be addressed in concert with changes to legislation.

FILE: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS

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 that underlying issues need to be dealt with as well.

“The underlying material conditions that provide for persistent prejudice continue to persist. For as long as those still persist, we’ll continue to have sparks of these tensions.”

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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)