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Faculty of Law

Executive Dean Prof Avinash Govindjee - see his message



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SARChI Chair
Law of the Sea and Development in Africa


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Private Law and Social Justice Conference 2017

21 -22 AUGUST


The Faculty of Law notes with grave concern the increased levels of inter-group hatred in South Africa and the many incidents of insidious hate speech, including the use of derogatory racial slurs, especially on social media sites.

The Faculty is committed to the advancement of freedom of expression in South Africa, but is also mindful of the fact that the right does not include the advocacy of group hatred, which incites others to cause harm, or the use of disparaging epithets to address the individual members of certain groups in society. Such speech undermines the integrity, dignity and equality of vulnerable group members, upsets social cohesion and nation building, and is not to be tolerated in the democratic society envisaged by the Constitution.

The staff and students of the Faculty of Law undertake to uphold and advance the Constitution and will not abide racism, the harmful stereotyping of target groups or the advocacy of group hatred inciting harm.