South Africa’s ruling party has said it will push for tougher penalties, including jail sentences, for those found guilty of racism or apartheid “glorification” after an estate agent provoked outrage by calling black people “monkeys” on social media.
The ANC said that current legislation under common law was not a sufficient deterrent to would-be racists. It wants a new law modelled on the German criminal offence of Holocaust denial.
“There are still elements who are resisting efforts for racial unity and are working tirelessly to widen the racial rifts and tensions created by apartheid oppression more than 21 years since the advent of our democratic dispensation,” the party’s chief whip said in a statement.
“In the context of our painful past, racial bigotry and apartheid must be considered serious human rights violations that must be punishable by imprisonment.”
No matey, you just don’t need laws about who may say what.
That the bint has been forced into hiding by the shitstorm that descended is all you need.
Or, as we might put it, people should be free to say whatever they want, just as they should be free to bear the consequences of what they say.