hate speech

ANC Wants Sparrow to Pay R200k to a NGO


The African National Congress’ (ANC) hate speech complaint against KwaZulu-Natal estate agent, Penny Sparrow, will be heard in the Equality Court this week, while its cases against a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament and councillor are pending.

The governing party took Sparrow to the Equality Court in KwaZulu-Natal after she compared black people to monkeys on social media.

The ruling party's attorney, Peter Williams, says they want the court to force Sparrow to pay at least R200 000 to a non-governmental organisation as punishment.

An Invitation to the Legacy of Friendship Dialogue

The legacy of Nelson Mandela, once universally esteemed, has been brought into question by those who feel transformation is lacking, some 22 years after our transition to democracy – that he made economic compromises that allowed white wealth and privilege to be protected to the detriment of development and real transformation.

SAHRC Probes Dlamini for Hate Speech

The axed president of the student representative council at University of the Witwatersrand, Mcebo Dlamini, is being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after several complaints were laid with the watchdog.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, confirmed that after a number of complaints the commission was investigating whether Dlamini’s comments were tantamount to hate speech or incitement to violence.

Call for Responsible Social Media Use

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) urged the public to use social networking sites responsibly.
The call came after the commission resolved a case involving, Ziyaad Kayat, who made anti-semitic statements.
In a message sent to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Facebook page, Kayat, stated that, "All Jews are pigs and I think we should kill you SA Jews and kill your kids and let you feel what the Palestinians are feeling."

SAHRC: School Staff Guilty of Racist Hate Speech

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) finds a Bloemfontein school's staff guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils.

In May 2013, The SAHRC investigated allegations that pupils at the school were exposed to dehumanising and racist treatment by staff, including the principal.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says the commission found the names and remarks (kaffirs, baboons, monkeys, and little black bitches) allegedly used by the staff as being hate speech as defined by the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

Report Into Alleged Homophobic Statements

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will serve its preliminary report on king Goodwill Zwelithini regarding its investigation into alleged xenophobic statements he made about foreigners in South Africa.
The SAHRC has received 31 different complaints between April and June 2015 from complainants who alleged that the king’s comments amounted to hate speech against foreign nationals, while some linked the utterances to the subsequent violent attacks against foreigners.

Complaints Over Racial Remarks on Social Media

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it has received a flood of complaints relating to recent racial remarks on Facebook and Twitter.

The Commission says such remarks have the potential to violate provisions of the Constitution and the Equality Act.

HRC chief executive officer, Kayum Ahmed, says this trend is disturbing, especially in light of the many workshops and dialogues that they have hosted on hate speech countrywide. Kayum warns that giving voice to racist views in the name of freedom of expression is not acceptable.

SAHRC: Sexwale’s Comments Not Hate Speech

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that comments made by Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, did not constitute hate speech, but were insensitive.
Rights commissioner, Sandi Baai, says that while the comments did not impinge on constitutionally-enshrined human rights, "Those holding public office should think before they make statements".
Baai says the SAHRC had considered whether Sexwale should apologise, but found there were insufficient grounds for this.

Govt to Study Qwelane’s Hate Speech Judgement

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says that it will study the Johannesburg Equality Court judgment in the hate speech case against High Commissioner to Uganda, Jon Qwelane.

The court held that statements made by Qwelane in 2008 in his ‘JQ’ column in the Sunday Sun newspaper, propagate hatred and harm against homosexuals.

The court said the contents of the article amounted to hate speech and ordered Qwelane to pay R100 000 to the South African Human Rights Commission, to be used to raise awareness on gay and lesbian rights.

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