Comedian's censorship concerns with new Hate Speech Bill

Comedians have raised concerns about censoring and possible jail time in the light of new bill proposed by Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

The proposed Prevention & Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill would undergo various levels of oversight and consultation and be debated by members of parliament before it is implemented.

Speaking to 702's John Robbie, comedian John Vlismas said the Bill would exclude certain groups of people as it would entail that comics avoid certain topics which serve as content.

Satire provokes thought. It's not the same as being at a braai and being hateful or in the office.

John Vlismas, comedian

Part of the proposed bill stipulates a 10-year sentence for various offences stating:

For attacking anyone on the basis of race, gender, sex, intersex, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, religion, belief, culture, language, birth, disability, HIV status, nationality, identity, albinism, occupation and trade.

Excerpt from Prevention & Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

Every comic has their boundaries. I've got certain things I don't make jokes about but because I don't do it, I don't decide that someone else can't.

John Vlismas, comedian
Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

SABC's leadership and parliament has come under fire since the inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

John Robbie's 30-year run in radio has come to an end with friends, callers and colleagues wishing him a heartfelt goodbye.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

Cape: 88 days of water left, tougher water restrictions on the cards

With 13.5 percent of usable water left, Councilor Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about the City's plans.

How I met your mother- who is 25 years my senior

How I met your mother- who is 25 years my senior

Emmanuel Macron's history of how he met his wife has been met with some criticism.

Warder recalls "prison hell" as he retires after four decades at Pollsmoor

Warder recalls "prison hell" as he retires after four decades at Pollsmoor

Chris Malgas speaks about his experiences as a prison warder at the notorious Pollsmoor prison for four decades.

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

Sea Point's Mojo Market opens for business on Thursday

A new lifestyle market is set to open in Sea Point, offering a variety of food, art, fashion and entertainment seven days a week.