n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - The divergent constitutional approach to hate speech in South Africa and the United States : aantekeninge
|Article Title||The divergent constitutional approach to hate speech in South Africa and the United States : aantekeninge|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||697 - 707|
ISI Social Science
Afriforum v Malema (2010 5 SA 235 (GNP)) exposed South Africa's historical race issue and continues to reverberate in a community which has inherited fundamental problems related to racism and discrimination. The high court succinctly put it that "[t]he true yardstick of hate speech is neither the historical significance thereof nor the context in which words are uttered but the effect of the words, objectively considered, upon those directly affected and targeted thereby" (239I - emphasis added). The prohibition of so-called hate speech brings to the fore the issue of freedom of expression. In South Africa section 16 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 protects free expression generally and specifically protects certain freedoms relating thereto. Section 16(2), however, places certain forms of expression outside the scope of the constitutionally protected right.
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