The African National Congress will begin a push for legislation to criminalise any act that perpetuates racism or glorifies apartheid.
The New Year has not exactly been happy in South Africa. From Penny Sparrow to Chris Hart, passive and blatant racism has made the headlines and the ANC want to push for criminalising such behaviour.
“The current legislative provisions are not sufficient to punish and dissuade racists,” the office of the ANC chief whip said yesterday.
“As the majority party in parliament, we will soon investigate creating a specific law or amending the existing legislation to ensure that acts of racism and promotion of apartheid are criminalised and punishable by imprisonment.”
According to the ANC, “there are still elements who are resisting efforts for racial unity and are working tirelessly to widen the racial rifts and tensions created by apartheid oppression more than 21 years since the advent of our democracy”.