Stop the ANC’s Hate Speech Bill
The civil rights organisation AfriForum submitted detailed inputs on the constitutionality of the Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.
Criticism against the Bill includes it putting an unfair limitation on freedom of speech and that the definition of hate speech is so wide that it criminalises almost any insult or offensive remark. This will result in the Act being completely non-implementable; it may also become an instrument of power abuse by the ANC government.
The Bill determines that individuals may be imposed fines or imprisonment if they find themselves guilty of hate speech or crimes. The definition of hate speech, as proposed by the Bill, is so wide, however, that an insult based on a person’s profession may lead to three year’s imprisonment.
The necessary result of the Bill would be selective prosecution by the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
Racism should be fought, but not in the manner in which the ANC seeks to fight it.
AfriForum will submit additional inputs on the Bill and is currently preparing to fight it in the Courts, should it be approved by Parliament and the President.
You can help:
1. SMS “rassisme” to 38312 to donate R10 to AfriForum’s legal fund.
2. Complete the form below and strengthen AfriForum’s case.
3. Share this page on social media and encourage your friends to support the campaign.
I hereby declare that I object to the ANC’s proposed Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill: