UPDATE: Malema's comments not hate speech – SAHR

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- citizen.co.za | 5 months ago

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) held a media briefing on Wednesday at which it released its findings on a hate speech case lodged against EFF leader Julius Malema.

The commission found that Malema’s comments did not constitute hate speech, “but are still problematic in a society that’s still trying to heal from the injustices of the past”. The commission’s chairperson, Bongani Majola, told the briefing the “issue of discrimination on the basis of race is divisive and emotive”.

The commission’s spokesperson, Gail Smith, said there “is widespread misunderstanding of what constitutes hate speech in South Africa”.

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