Cabinet Okays the Publishing of Hate Crimes Bill


Minister in the Presidency for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation says Cabinet has approved the publishing of the hate crimes bill.

Jeff Redebe told reporters that the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill will be published for public comment.

Of late, South Africa experience an increase in the manifestation of hate speech and hate crimes.

Minister Redebe stressed the hate problem as he remarked that the bill seeks to create the offences of hate crimes and hate speech.

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It will “put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences. The aim is to address the increasing number of racial incidents and to further address other types of criminal conduct motivated by bias, prejudice or intolerance in the form of hate crimes and hate speech, which have occurred recently,” said the Minister.

The Minister also related that Cabinet affirmed its support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in light of the legal issues he’s facing.

It was last week that the National Prosecuting Agency (NPA) announced that Pravin Gordhan has been issued with a formal summons to appear in court on 2 November 2016 over fraud charges.

According to NPA’s Shaun Abrahams, the Finance Minister, former South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner, Oupa Magashule and former Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay are involved in a  fraud amounting to more than R1.1 million.

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Radeba said: “Cabinet has affirmed its support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who under Section 35 of the Constitution, is innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law.”

He added that Cabinet is proud of the country’s criminal justice system and the fair and just judicial processes which have defined the democratic era.

With that, Radeba asserted that Cabinet indicated the willingness to allow the judicial processes take their course.