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South Africa invites public opinion for proposed anti-racism bill

ANI  |  Cape Town [South Africa] 

The on Friday invited public opinion for the introduction of an anti-bill, aimed at curbing in the country.

The has accelerated the process to criminalise the offence under the "Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Bill." The Parliament, in a statement, said stakeholders and interested persons are welcome to submit written submissions on the bill, reported.

The anti-bill aims to provide for serious offence of and and prosecution of persons who commit these offences, said.

The last date for submitting written submissions is January 31, 2019. People wishing to make a verbal presentation of their ideas should intimate the authorities.

"The purpose of the bill is, among other things, to give effect to the obligations in terms of the Constitution and international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance in accordance with international It will also provide for the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech, and the reporting on the implementation, application, and administration of this bill," Mothabo elaborated.

Lawmakers have repeatedly urged the need to introduce a legislation to criminalise to ensure an all-inclusive and equal society.

The discussion on the proposed bill comes five months after a black man was lynched by several white men in a suspected racist attack in Middelburg,

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 08:06 IST