South Africa - a home for all? The need for hate crime legislation

  • Duncan Breen
  • Juan A A Nel University of South Africa
Keywords: hate crimes, South Africa, legislation, crime, violence, xenophobia, minorities


The South African government is currently developing legislation on hate crimes. This follows repeated calls by civil society for an appropriate response to the apparent scourge of hate and bias-motivated crimes that tarnish the image of South Africa as a ‘rainbow nation’. This article is aimed at informing related policy debates and provides discussion of violence targeted at foreign nationals and at those who are (or perceived to be) sexual minorities and/or gender non-conforming. This will give an indication of the trends and challenges that the proposed legislation and policy frameworks will need to address.

Author Biography

Juan A A Nel, University of South Africa
Centre for Applied Psychology
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