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The Country We Want to Live in: Policy, Practice, Legislation with Respect to Hate Crimes

30 August 2011
12:45 - 15:30

Date :

30 August 2011

Time :

12:45 – 15:30

Presenters :

  • Ms Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Durban Lesbian and Gay Centre
  • Dr Danny Titus, Commissioner, Human Rights Commission
  • Ms Vanya Gastrow, Visiting researcher, African Centre for Migration and Society 
  • Prof Juan Nel, Centre for Applied Psychology, University of South Africa

Hate crimes are crimes of prejudice committed on the basis of a person’s race, colour, religion, national origin, sexual orientation etc. They are crimes that violate the constitutional right to non-discrimination by being harmful, inciting harm, intimidation, undermining human dignity and a person’s bodily integrity.


Most recently hate crimes have surfaced in South Africa in the form of the murders and the ‘corrective rape’ of lesbians, xenophobia, and racist attacks. Because these are crimes of prejudice, they cannot be prevented and addressed in the same way as other violent crimes.

This panel discussion throws the spotlight on hate crimes in South Africa and offers insights into how the state and civil society are interpreting and addressing the problem. Speakers will draw on case studies and consider policy developments. The discussion brings together researchers, activists, practitioners and state officials in a conversation to take stock of where we are in terms of addressing the problem; reflect on current developments, and assess what still needs to be done.

The presentation from the seminar is now available for download 

The audio presentation from the seminar is available for download


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