There are indications that South African government has proposed a bill that could prevent hate crimes and see South African comedians facing 10 years behind bars for making certain jokes.

The bill which is referred to as Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill was released for public comment last week by Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

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Photo Credit: IC Wajana
Photo Credit: IC Wajana

According to the provisions of the bill, there will be heavy fines and a maximum jail term of 10 years for anyone convicted of showing bias; prejudice or intolerance on the grounds of race; color; sex; gender (and gender identity), Sexual orientation; religion; belief; culture; language; nationality; birth; disability; HIV status; occupation or trade; albinism and ethnic or social origin.

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