In June this year South African Government said it would be soon publishing a hate crimes bill for comment in order to clamp down on acts of racism and xenophobia.

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery says, “The inclusion of hate speech and the legal issues that need to be looked at as to what can be criminalised in the light of our constitution, (and) the right to freedom of expression had to be looked at quite carefully. I was hoping it would have been to cabinet already.”

The Bill seeks to criminalise acts of racism and xenophobia, and impose harsher sentences.

Gary Eisenberg, leading South African immigration lawyer, with over 20 years experience in the field has written extensively about the issue, and most recently published a piece on South Africa facing Instutionalised Xenophobia. Eisenberg says “it will take more than law”.

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