Racism Must Fall!
Following racist posts on social media prior to Human Rights Day, government has announced that the Department of Justice is in the process of finalising the National Action Plan against racism and related intolerances.
Government has come out and condemned racist posts that recently resurfaced on Facebook and Twitter, stating that it was a form of hate-speech and undermined everything that the Constitution and democracy stood for.
Government Communication and Information Systems manager speaks out
Acting GCIS Director General, Donald Liphoko, said: “It is unfortunate that such comments follow hot on the heels of the country commemorating Human Rights Day. Government will actively pursue offenders through all available mechanisms including confronting employers and will not allow incidents of racism to define us as a country. What we do in defence of our country today will define who we are as a country in the future. Those found guilty of racist utterances and acts must face the consequences of their actions.”
Members of the public are encouraged to be more active in countering racism. Racism is one evil that should not be taken lightly and victims thereof should open a case, either at the police station or through the South African Human Rights Commission and the Equality Courts.
What about freedom of speech?
Whilst freedom of expression is fundamental in a democracy, free speech should never be used as an excuse for bigotry and violating the rights of another South African. Hate-speech will soon be treated as a crime with the endorsing of the prevention and combating of hate crimes and hate-speech Bill.
Government warns that citizens will be held liable for any offensive posts on social media, calling for social cohesion and harmony amongst all races.