Hate Crimes in South Africa – 26 August 2015, University of Cape Town


For the past few years South Africa (SA) has had an increasing prevalence of intolerance and lack of social cohesion, which has resulted in violence out breaks throughout the country. On the backdrop of this rising violence towards the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons in SA, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) hosted a dialogue on August 26th 2015 under the theme ‘Hate Crime in South Africa’. The purpose of the dialogue was to bring a variety of stakeholders together to discuss the various challenges faced by the LGBTI community on a daily basis and to explore possible solutions. The discussion centred around disagreements regarding criminalising hate speech in SA and exploring ways to ensure that members of the LGBTI community feel as safe as any other ordinary citizen in SA.