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EXPLAINER | Jon Qwelane hate speech case: How it landed up in ConCourt

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Jon Qwelane. (Photo: Beeld)
Jon Qwelane. (Photo: Beeld)

Roughly 12 years since columnist and political analyst Jon Qwelane published an opinion piece in the now-defunct Sunday Sun titled "Call me Names but Gay is Not Okay", the hate speech case against him will come before the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. 

In his opinion piece, Qwelane sided with former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's anti-gay stance, calling for a revision of laws which allow same-sex marriages because, "at this rate, how soon before some idiot demands to marry an animal".

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) took action against him, saying he was advocating hatred against gay people, relying on Section 10 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA).

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