Public dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 11th March 2019

Venue: Leslie Social Science 2B, Upper campus, UCT

Program Director: Esihle Madyibi, SRC Social Responsiveness Co-ordinator

On 11th March 2019 the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) facilitated a dialogue on Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The dialogue was part of the ongoing series of engagements by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Hon John Jeffrey. SALO has been conducting these engagements with communities, civil society formations and other stakeholders for a number of years. Youth and student formation contributions towards the drafting of the Bill have been essential during the public hearing phase of the Hate Crime and Hate Speech Bill. SALO has facilitated forums for youth and student stakeholders to engage around the formulation and drafting of the Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to give effect, in accordance with international law, to obligations that arise from the Constitution of South Africa and from international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.

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17H30 – 18H00: registration & refreshments

18H00 – 18H45: Presentations from panel

Opening Remarks: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO Deputy Manager

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
• Robin Lee Tobias: Chairperson, Rainbow UCT
• Simamkele Gosa: Executive member, Students for Law and Social Justice UCT

18H45 – 19H55: Open discussion

Thanks and closure: Lwazi Somya, SALO volunteer

SALO would like to thank

the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for their direct support for this event