South Africa: ANC pushes for stronger anti-racism laws
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.
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