SAHRC: Racism, hate speech and equality remain areas of concern

The SA Human Rights Commission held a two-day national conference to observe their 20 years in existance and to focus on racism across the country.

The conference was themed 'The South African Human Rights Commission 20 years Anniversary conference on Racism.'

702/Cape Talk's Koketso Sachane spoke to CEO of SA Human Rights Commission, Lindiwe Khumalo, regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

Almost consistently over the passed three years, human dignity is at the top of the list of complaints from the public.

Lindiwe Khumalo, CEO of SA Human Rights Commission

Equality is at 10% of the complaints that we received. This is something that needs attention in our country, it is a scourge that vexes our country.

Lindiwe Khumalo, CEO of SA Human Rights Commission

In January alone, we received more than 200 complaints of hate speech. Clearly this is a challenge for South Africa.

Lindiwe Khumalo, CEO of SA Human Rights Commission

What the Commission has been concerned with over 20 years is to get the message across to members of the public that racism is abolished in South Africa, it is not acceptable conduct in South Africa and that there will be sanctioned for anyone who engages in racist behaviour.

Lindiwe Khumalo, CEO of SA Human Rights Commission

I believe there will be a bill tabled before Parliament to deal with the criminalisation of hate speech and racism.

Lindiwe Khumalo, CEo of SA Human Rights Commission

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