JOHANNESBURG – The Justice Department is in the process of finalising the Hate Crimes Bill, which could see offenders criminally charged.
Debate on punishment for racists has gained momentum, after a week of outrage over inflammatory comments made on social media.
Economist Chris Hart has been suspended from Standard Bank following an allegedly racist tweet.
Government employee, Velaphi Khumalo, has also been suspended after calling on black people to do to white people what "Hitler did to the Jews", saying all whites are racist and that he'd like to "rid South Africa of white people".
The bill will be taken to Cabinet, then to the public for comment, before it goes to Parliament.
But the Black First Land First social movement believes black people cannot be racist.
While the group is pushing for tough new laws for racism, it says black people should be exempt.
Andile Mngxitama, the national convener, tells eNCA his organisation believes black people cannot be racist.
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