What constitutes hate speech?

People who consistently make comments that are considered to be hate speech could soon face jail time.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha announced that a proposed bill to help combat hate crimes and hate speech has been opened for public comment.

Jane Duncan, Professor of Journalism at University of Johannesburg says the Constitution is very clear on what constitutes hate speech.

She says if you are not consciously attempting to propagate hate speech then it doesn't constitute hate speech.

We have to show that not only are we being hateful ourselves, but we are also getting other people to hate as well, in a manner that may cause either physical or psychological harm to the person that is directed against.

Jane Duncan, Professor of Journalism at University of Johannesburg

Duncan says the context in which the hate speech is spoken matters as well.

If a person advocates hate speech in a non inflammatory context, then it may not necessarily be hate speech.

But in a context where such speech may result in people engaging in harmful actions, then that may be considered as hate speech.

Listen Professor Duncan explain what constitutes for hate speech below:

Read More
Cape residents billed over R31 million in December for water overusage

Cape residents billed over R31 million in December for water overusage

Cape Town City billed ratepayers over R33 million for failing to adhere to imposed level 3 water restrictions.

Davos WEF is about the economy of the super rich 1% - Oxfam Inequality Report

Davos WEF is about the economy of the super rich 1% - Oxfam Inequality Report

Oxfam says the World Economic Forum is the most elitist gatherings and the most expensive economic event on the calendar.

Rating agencies do make mistakes, but still carry weight - expert

Rating agencies do make mistakes, but still carry weight - expert

Moody's Corp has agreed to pay $864 million to settle with the United States government over pre-crisis ratings.

D-Day for Vuwani demarcation submissions

D-Day for Vuwani demarcation submissions

Vuwani residents have until Monday afternoon to make submissions to Demarcation Board on how they want boundaries determined.

South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

Ford SA and National Consumer Commission are expected to hold a joint media briefing regarding the future of Ford Kuga vehicles.

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Limpopo DBE given 72 hours to release matric results of alleged cheating pupils

Court orders Basic Education Department to release pupils' matric results implicated in cheating despite an ongoing investigation.

Popular articles
Hooters introduces 'angel shots' to rescue women from dangerous dates

Hooters introduces 'angel shots' to rescue women from dangerous dates

Hooters SA has introduced the ‘Order an Angel Shot’ initiative for female customers who are feeling unsafe during a date.

Naked Scientist explains why mosquitoes 'discriminate' who they bite

Naked Scientist explains why mosquitoes 'discriminate' who they bite

Dr Chris Smith explains why some people are more desirable than others to mosquitoes.

5 red flags to spot a Netcare job scam

5 red flags to spot a Netcare job scam

Don't fall prey to a fake job scam circulating on social media, warns healthcare group Netcare. Here's what to look out for.

Listeners ask ‘why not use drones to fight fire?’ A drone expert answers…

Listeners ask ‘why not use drones to fight fire?’ A drone expert answers…

The CEO of IntegriSense & DroneClouds on the issue of using drones to fight fires in and around Cape Town.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.