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South Africa: South African should shake Hands and Unite
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 22, 2016

She said the highlight of the country’s 20 years of democracy is the bill that will make hate crimes and hate speech a criminal offence.

In October, Cabinet approved the publishing of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill for public comment.

The bill seeks to create the offences of hate crimes and hate speech, and to put in place measures to prevent and combat these offences. The aim is to address the increasing number of racial incidents and to further address other types of criminal conduct motivated by bias, prejudice or intolerance in the form of hate crimes and hate speech, which have occurred recently.

This is aligned to the National Development Plan, which highlights the need for sustained campaigns against racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia. It also seeks to ensure that all people are and feel safe.

Minister Dlamini said the 2016 Reconciliation Month commemorations will be held under the theme: “Bridging the Divide towards a Non-Racist Society”.

She called on all to make the best of the upcoming festive season and build and strengthen relations through interactions based on Ubuntu and respect, as reflected and protected by the Constitution.

“We appeal to all South Africans to play their part in ending racism, sexism and gender-based violence especially against women, children and older persons.”

Those who experience, witness or know about any form of gender-based violence in their community are urged to contact the Social Development Gender-Based Violence Command Centre.

The GBVCC is a 24-hour call centre dedicated to providing support and counselling to victims.

The toll-free number to call for assistance is 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) or dialling *120*7867# free from any cell phone.

“We are pleased to announce that we are well on our way to ensure a non-violent society through #356DaysCampaign and #CountMeIn initiatives.

“Government, working with civil society is conducting dialogue sessions in municipalities nationwide to mobilise society, especially men, to join hands in the fight against child and women abuse beyond the 16 Days campaign.”

President Jacob Zuma launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign on 25 November. The campaign encourages South Africans to act for a safer society for women and children.
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