As racism, homophobia and misogyny abound, the courts have a critical role to play – as a mechanism through which we can hold those responsible for the symbolic and material effects of hate speech to account.

In March this year the hate speech trial of Jon Qwelane was held in the Johannesburg High Court. The trial concerned his homophobic article titled “Call me names, gay is not ok”. Psyssa Psyssa and POWA gave expert evidence.

We have been notified that Justice Moshidi will hand down his judgement on Friday, 18 August, at 11h30 in the South Gauteng High Court.

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