Tag: hate crimes

Bougardt judgment indicates likely legal limit of religious speech

Pastor gets prison sentence for offensive remarks towards gays On Friday, 18 May 2018 Pastor Oscar Bougardt – who found himself in trouble with the law again after making certain “highly insulting, demeaning and uncharitable” statements regarding the LGBT community – was convicted of contempt of court and sentenced to […]

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 http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/invitations/invites.htm). In essence, the bill creates two new criminal offences in South African law, namely “hate crimes” and “hate […]