Jurisdictional and Procedural Technicalities i n Hate Speech Cases: South African Human Rights Commission v Khumalo 2019 1 SA 289 (GJ)

  • Judith Geldenhuys UNISA
  • Michelle Kelly-Louw, Professor University of South Africa
Keywords: Concurrent jurisdiction, geographical jurisdiction, jurisdictional facts, ; locus standi, hate speech, racial slurs, racism, unfair discrimination

Abstract

The jurisdiction or competence of the Equality Court to hear a dispute concerning alleged hate speech is affected by various jurisdictional factors. The decision in South African Human Rights Commission v Khumalo 2019 1 All SA 254 (GJ) reveals several shortcomings in the provisions regulating jurisdiction in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 which must be attended to in order to provide clarity and legitimacy in regard to the application of the protection against hate speech.

Author Biographies

Judith Geldenhuys, UNISA

LLB, LLM (UP), LLD (UNISA). Associate Professor in the Department of Mercantile Law, UNISA, South Africa.

Michelle Kelly-Louw, Professor, University of South Africa

BIURIS, LLB, LLM, LLD (Unisa), Dip Insolvency Law and Practice (SARIPA) (UJ). Professor Department of Mercantile Law, Unisa.

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