23 May 2023

Media Monitoring Africa (“MMA”) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to
the Select Committee on Security and Justice on the Prevention and Combating of Hate
Crimes and Hate Speech Bill [B9B-2018] (“the Bill”). We recognise the Bill arises in the
context of South Africa’s deep and lasting injustices, which cut along the contours of social
difference, including racism, patriarchy, classism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia,
transphobia, and other ills. It is accordingly important for South Africa to have a clear and
effective legal framework for addressing hate crimes and hate speech while ensuring
appropriate protections for freedom of expression and other constitutional rights