Court finds Jon Qwelane guilty of hate speech

*The ruling was passed down after this interview went to air and the court has ordered Qwelane to write an apology which must get the same reach as his initial comments.

A decision was expected to be handed down in the Johannesburg High Court involving former columnist and South Africa’s former ambassador to Uganda, Jon Qwelane around comments he made in an article titled; Call me names, but gay is not okay.

The case was brought forward by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Prof Anton Harber, Board Member at Freedom Of Expression Institute says Qwelane has been prosecuted under the Equality Act.

The there is deep concern that the Equality Act widens the prohibition on hate speech and makes it extremely vague and susceptible to abuse.

Prof Anton Harber, Board Member at Freedom Of Expression Institute s

Listen to the full interview in the audio below:


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