Hate crimes: Public called to comment on draft bill

JOHANNESBURG, 10 July 2016 – South Africans are called to contribute to the drafting of a bill to criminalise hate crimes. This forms part of the national action plan to combat racial discrimination and intolerance. Video: eNCA
South Africans are urged to contribute to the drafting of a bill to criminalise hate crime and have until August to do so. Photo: EPA / Brendan McCarthy

JOHANNESBURG - Government is calling on South Africans to contribute to the drafting of a bill to criminalise hate crimes.

The move is part of the national action plan to combat racial discrimination and intolerance, following several recent racist rants.

Officials hope that when the bill becomes law, it will send a clear message to perpetrators that certain kinds of behaviour will not be tolerated.

The public may comment until the end of August.

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