Call for Law to Deal With Hate Crimes

South Africa is urged to ‘urgently’ promulgate legislation to deal specifically with hate crimes

South Africa should urgently promulgate legislation to deal specifically with hate crimes, although the fight against hate crime should be a multifaceted one that should also strive to change the mind-set of perpetrators.

In his report after visiting South Africa earlier this year, Jorge Bustamante, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, encouraged the government to introduce a hate crime bill urgently.

Bustamante argued that any act of violence against individuals or property on the basis of a person’s race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity should be an aggravating circumstance.

To read the article titled, “Legislation ‘just one way’ to deal with hate crimes,” click here.

Source: 
Business Day

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