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ANTI-HATE SPEECH BILL INTRODUCES NEW BUSINESS RISKS (2016-11-07)

Article by Robert Davies (CGF: Lead Independent Consultant) and reviewed by Terrance M. Booysen

Saying or doing something racist, or performing various deeds which falls within a long list of things the Bill deems to be hate speech -- or a hate crime -- could see you ending up with a criminal record.

It could also severely jeopardise your business, even if you had nothing to do with the original incident.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, has announced that government has published the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (‘the Bill’) in the Government Gazette for public comment, which was approved for public consultation by the Cabinet on 19 October 2016.

Masutha said that the draft bill created offences of hate crimes and hate speech and would put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences. When enacted by Parliament, it is intended to build on the existing measures already in place (such as the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000) to combat the social ills of racism, xenophobia and related intolerances.

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