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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Comedians Could Be Jailed In South Africa For The Wrong Joke..

If passed into law, a proposed bill could see SA comedians facing 10 years behind bars for making certain jokes. The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill was released for public comment last week by Justice Minister Michael Masutha.

According to the provisions of the bill, there will be heavy fines and a maximum jail term of 10 years for anyone convicted of showing bias; prejudice or intolerance on the grounds of race; colour; sex; gender (and gender identity); sexual orientation; religion; belief; culture; language; nationality; birth; disability; HIV status; occupation or trade; albinism and ethnic or social origin.

However, this does not sit well with SA comedians who have criticised the bill for being too broad. Speaking to City Press, Jason Goliath insisted that there’s a big difference between hate speech and what comedians do on stage. Defining the two as one would be totally unfair.

“What comedians do on stage compared with what people like Penny Sparrow, for example, say, shows a definite difference between freedom of speech and hate speech. We do it in the name of fun,” he said. On the contrary, comedian Tol Ass Mo, supported the bill. ............

Culled: buzzsouthafrica


  1. lol... I think this law might reduce their creativity.. just saying though.

  2. In south Africa.. Nigerian comedians should be jailed for dry jokes. E.g J..i, A., onu ekete, e.t.c..

  3. Humorless country lol
    Our senate go soon copy

    Candid naija now HAMPERS IN PH

    1. They better do cos the stereotyping is too much.

  4. That will definitely restrict the freedom of speech. Especially on social media.
    They've just got to be more careful.

  5. SA comedians should beware and begin to learn to choose their words wisely.

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  6. If they pass this kind law for naija they go arrest almost all the comedians

  7. It should be done here Biko, if they do it here it will affect basketmouth eh coz that guy is relentless he only rants

  8. Abeg introduce the law in Nigeria too. Saraki and the rest should do the needful.

  9. They should start using the right words

  10. Trevor Noah! them Wan finish him career na.

  11. Reminds me of George Orwell's 1984


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