Author: Adv Nadene Badenhorst

Parliament to consider compulsory licensing of pastors, churches in June

The CRL Rights Commission has indicated that its final report on the “Commercialisation of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems”, which recommends broad-scale regulation of religion in South Africa, will be presented to parliament in June. At this stage the presentation to parliament will have no immediate legal effect. […]

Say “no” to regulation of religion before February 28!

In October 2016, the CRL Rights Commission released its Report on the “commercialisation” of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems. The Report recommends the broad-scale regulation of religion in South Africa, including the compulsory registration and licensing (depending on doctrine) of all religious institutions and religious practitioners. The deadline […]

Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill fraught with problems

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development recently released the long-awaited and very controversial Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill. (The Bill is available for download at In essence, the bill creates two new criminal offences in South African law, namely “hate crimes” and “hate […]

CRL report on regulation of religion delayed

In last week’s Gateway News, we reported on the recent meeting with religious and traditional leaders to discuss the outcome of the CRL Rights Commission’s investigation into the ‘commercialisation’ of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems, and in particular the Commission’s proposed regulation of religion. At the meeting, the […]

CRL Commission moves quickly to regulate religion in South Africa

On Tuesday (October 11), Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) joined 50+ religious and traditional leaders invited to a meeting at the CRL Rights Commission, to discuss the Commission’s findings and recommendations following its recent controversial investigation into the “commercialisation” of religion and abuse of people’s belief systems in […]

Church appeals SAHRC’s Report on spanking in the home

On Wednesday, March 30, Joshua Generation Church delivered its appeal against the findings and recommendations of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in ‘the spanking case’, to the SAHRC. The Church’s appeal follows a finding by the SAHRC in January 2016, that spanking in the home violates children’s and […]