Following the prevention and combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech
Bill that was released by the Justice Minister Micheal Masutha last
week, South African government is reviewing a proposed bill that could
see comedians hit with a 10 year sentence for making sarcastic jokes.
According to BuzzSA, the provisions of the bill, will
carry heavy fines and a maximum jail term of 10 years for anyone
convicted of showing bias, prejudice or intolerance on the grounds of
race, colour, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief,
culture, language, nationality, birth, disability, HIV status,
occupation or trade, albinism and ethnic or social origin.
Reacting to the proposed bill on City Press, popular comedian, Jason Goliath criticized the bill saying:
‘What comedians do on stage compared with what people like Penny
Sparrow, for example, say, shows a definite difference between freedom
of speech and hate speech. We do it in the name of fun’