Johannesburg - The anti-hate speech bill is before cabinet and would be tabled in Parliament soon, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch of Anti-Racism Week in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
"Once the draft bill is approved by cabinet, it will go to Parliament within this current term of administration," said Mthethwa.
"We will not rest until we eradicate racism...because racism does not only exist because of colonial history, it resides in people's minds and psyche. We will continue to strive for a world characterised by equality, peace, harmony and full of love."
The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill seeks to make hate crimes and hate speech criminal offences.
The bill, which was first drafted to only make provision for hate crimes, was later amended after several instances of hate speech via social media which caused an outcry among South Africans.