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Justice Department welcomes the conviction of Dawie Kriel for racial remarks against Hindus

28 March 2017

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ&CD) welcomes the conviction of Dawie Kriel by the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday with the hope that when the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill is passed into law severe sentences will be handed by the judiciary.

Kriel posted a message insulting Hindus on Facebook in October last year calling them “devil disciples” for setting off fireworks during the Diwali festival. The Department strongly condemns this behaviour and calls on people to fight racism.

The Department remains committed to a South Africa which is free from racism, a society in which each person’s dignity is equally valued and respected. Together with our social partners we can heal  the  divisions  of  the  past  through  affirmation  and  redress  to unite  all  South  Africans.

Issued by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

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