The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (the Bill) is moving through the next stages of the law-making process. On Thursday 26 August 2021, the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services published the Bill and called for public comments to be sent in writing.
But before writing to the Portfolio Committee to express your opinion, it is important to understand the content of the Bill and its implications. This document is a brief, plain-language summary of what the Bill says, and how this Bill will change the law if it becomes an Act of Parliament. This document contains no analysis, or critique, or advice. It also does not provide information on what might be missing from the Bill. It is up to individual stakeholders to understand what is in the Bill, so that they can assess if there are gaps.
This easy-to-read explainer was prepared by the Hate Crimes Working Group, a multi-sectoral network of civil society organizations set up to spearhead advocacy and reform initiatives pertaining to hate crimes in South Africa and the region.
Interested in writing a submission?
Send your submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services by 1 October 2021. Let them know which parts of the Bill you support, which parts of the Bill you do not support, and which parts you think look fine on paper but may have unintended consequences in practice. Comments must be sent by email to Mr V Ramaano at