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     South Africa: ANC pushes for stronger anti-racism laws

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In South Africa, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is making the case for tougher laws to imprison someone found guilty of racial bigotry or glorifying apartheid. The ANC said in a statement that black people can no longer be treated as sub-humans, and that similarly in other countries, promoting Nazism and denial of the Holocaust are crimes which can carry a jail sentence. This follows the case of Penny Sparrow, a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA). Sparrow, who is white, caused controversy in a Facebook post in which she compared black people to monkeys. She later apologized, but insisted that she used the term to describe New Year’s revellers who she said left a mess on a beach in Durban. The DA Party has since suspended Sparrow’s membership, and the South African Human Rights Commission is investigating her comments. (Image source: BBC)

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