SOUTH AFRICAN CHURCH LEADERS DISCUSS HATE SPEECH BILL

Church leaders gathered in Mochoseng, near Mahikeng in the North West on Saturday, to discuss the hate speech bill - part of public participation before the bill is promulgated into law.

This comes after a few incidents where congregation members had their rights violated, and have been discriminated either on the basis of their sexuality, or for their beliefs.

However the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery says there should be a balance between religious and human rights.

Jeffrey shares his thoughts on the matter, saying: I don't think we want to restrict people's ability to preach and interpret the bible, as they see in the bible. What is important is that they must not preach harm against other people.

Chairperson of Mahikeng Ministries fellowship, Zandisile Mpame states that not all acts that occur in some of the churches are Godly. The Human Rights Commission must also work hand in hand with Culture, religious and linguistic commission - because we have seen people being administered to with doom, petrol... which we know is not supported by the bible. We denounce all these things people have been subjected to."

The Deputy Minister will be engaging with church leaders across the country, to hold discussions on the hate speech bill.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK