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Media briefing by Minister Masutha on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

23 October 2016

The Minister  of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, will brief the media on progress in the development of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill and other departmental initiatives to deal with the ills of, among others, racial intolerance, racism, homophobia and xenophobia which continue to plague our society.

Our country has recently experienced an increase in the manifestation of hate speech and hate crimes. The South African Human Rights Commission recently stated that 68% of equality complaints received by the Commission for the period 1 April 2015 to 29 February 2016 have been on the basis of race.

The media briefing will be held as follows:
Date:    24 October 2016
Venue: 1035 Tshedimosetso House, cnr Frances Baard and Festival streets, Hatfield, Pretoria
Time:   15h00

For confirmation of attendance, please contact Kgomotso Makinta on 0732819661/ or email KMakinta@justice.gov.za

Enquiries:
Mthunzi Mhaga
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
0836418141
Mediaenquiries@justice.gov.za