Hopes and worries about hate crime legislation

“Ten cases of ‘corrective’ rape take place in Cape Town every week. But other than a handful of statistics collected by civil society, comprehensive data does not exist because ‘corrective’ rapes aren’t noted separately from rape.

Hate crimes are not classified as a distinct crime category, and no official data is collected on these types of crimes. In an effort to change this, a diverse network of civil society advocacy organisations formed the Hate Crimes Working Group in 2002, and in 2015 they began working with the Department of Justice on new legislation.

But will new laws help?”

Read the full article on GroundUp here.