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Invitation to comment on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, 2016

The draft Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill (hereinafter referred to as “the Bill”) aims to-

  • give effect to the Republic’s obligations in terms of the Constitution and international human rights instruments concerning racism, racial      discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in accordance with international law obligations;
  • provide for the offence of hate crimes and the offence of hate speech and the prosecution of persons who commit those crimes;
  • provide for appropriate sentences that may be imposed on persons who commit hate crime and hate speech offences; 
  • provide for the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech; 
  • provide for the reporting on the implementation, application and administration of this Act;
  • amend certain Acts of Parliament consequentially; and 
  • provide for matters connected therewith.

Any person wishing to comment on the Bill is invited to submit written comments to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on or before 1 December 2016 extended to 31 January 2017.

Comments on The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill should be marked for the attention of Ms T Ross and -

(a) if they are forwarded by post, be addressed to - The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X81, PRETORIA, 0001;
(b) if delivered by hand, be delivered at - The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Salu Building, 316 Thabo Sehume Street (Corner of Thabo Sehume and Francis Baard Streets), PRETORIA;
(c) if they are delivered by E-mail, they can be sent to: hatecrimes@justice.gov.za; or
(d) if it is faxed, they can be faxed to 012 406 4632.

For further information, please contact T Ross at 012 406 4759.


Invitation to comment on draft Regulations to be made in terms of the Legal Aid South Africa Act, 2014

Currently the policies and procedures for the provision of legal aid are set out in the Legal Aid Guide that is issued by Legal Aid South Africa, in terms of the (now repealed) Legal Aid Act, 1969 (Act 22 of 1969).

The Legal Aid South Africa Act, 2014 (Act No. 39 of 2014) (the Act) came into operation with effect from 1 March 2015. Section 26 provides for transitional arrangements and subsection (6) provides that the existing Legal Aid Guide remains in force until it is withdrawn and replaced by regulations and the Legal Aid Manual. The current Legal Aid Guide must therefore in terms of the Act be replaced by regulations and a Legal Aid Manual. The draft Regulations are to a great extent the same as the current provisions.

Any person wishing to comment on the draft Regulations to be made in terms of the Legal Aid South Africa Act, is invited to submit written comments to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on or before 13 January 2017. Follow this link to also view the Initial Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) for the Legal Aid Regulations, July 2016

Comments should be marked for the attention of Ms W Louw:

(a) if they are forwarded by post, be addressed to - The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Private Bag X81, PRETORIA, 0001;

(b) if delivered by hand, be delivered at - The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, SALU Building, 316 Thabo Sehume Street, PRETORIA;

(c) if they are delivered by e-mail, they can be sent to: WiLouw@justice.gov.za.


Deputy Minister Jeffery calls for inputs on the draft guidelines for Commissioners and Clerks of the Small Claims Courts

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery calls on members of the public to make inputs on the draft guidelines for Commissioners and Clerks of the Small Claims Courts. This call is intended to ensure that the guidelines are comprehensive and reflective of inputs from the public and any other interested stakeholders.

Deputy Minister Jeffery said that although the State plays a key role in the functioning of the Small Claims Courts, it is important for the courts to be owned by the entire population in order for them to be impactful.

The draft guidelines may be accessed on the departmental website: www.justice.gov.za.

Members of the public have until 1 November 2016 (extended to 30 November 2016) to make inputs. Inputs will be considered in the finalisation of the guidelines and will apply to the functionality of all 371 Small Claims Courts nationally.

The Small Claims Courts are used to settle minor civil disputes and claims not exceeding R15 000, without representation by an attorney. Any person may lodge a claim in a Small Claims Court and its services are rendered free of charge.

Interested parties or individuals may submit inputs on the draft guidelines for Commissioners and Clerks of the Small Claims Courts to:

Adv. Pieter A du Rand
Chief Director:  Court Services
Street Address: West Tower, Room 8.03, Momentum City Walk, 329 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, RSA
Postal Address: Private Bag X 81, Pretoria, 0001, RSA
Tel: (012) 315 1219, Fax: (012) 315 1888
Email: pdurand@justice.gov.za