South Africa's ANC wants a law banning racism - Quartz (
South Africa’s ruling party, the African National
Congress, has called for a law criminalizing racism in the country,
after a Facebook post complaining about black beach goers went viral and
sparked outrage in the country.

The latest uproar over race relations in the country began when real estate agent Penny Sparrow complained in a post
(Jan. 2) of litter left on a beach from New Year’s celebrations,
blaming black revelers who she described as uneducated “monkeys.”
Sparrow, who is also a member of the opposition party, the Democratic
Alliance, later apologized
for the post, denying she was racist but continuing to defend her

She has since been suspended from the DA, which also plans to
lay criminal charges against her for “crimen injuria,” the act of “unlawfully and intentionally impairing the dignity or privacy of another person.”

The post received widespread media attention and inspired pained commentary
about the limits of free speech and the continuing presence of racist
attitudes in the country, almost 22 years after the end of apartheid.

Citing this and other incidences, Moloto Mothapo, the ANC’s spokesman in parliament, released a statement Tuesday saying the party wants “specific legislation” criminalizing “any act that perpetuates racism or glorifies apartheid.”

legislative provisions are not sufficient to punish and dissuade
racists,” the statement read.

The ANC will: “investigate creating a
specific law or amending the existing legislation to ensure that acts of
racism and promotion of apartheid are criminalized and punishable by
“We can no longer as a nation tolerate such
dehumanizing violations, where Black majority are treated as subhumans
and are referred to as monkey, baboons and other derogatory racist
epithets in the land of their birth,” the statement said....continue...

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