Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill passes final hurdle in Parliament


In a historic development, South Africa’s Parliament has passed the amended version of the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. It will now go to President Cyril Ramaphosa for his signature. The bill was first adopted by the National Assembly in March after which it was sent to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) which proposed several amendments. On Tuesday, the majority of MPs supported the amended legislation. The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, which creates the jailable criminal offences of hate crimes and hate speech, was opposed by the DA, the FF+ and the ACDP.

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