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    You’ve nailed it here: “with the obvious exception of incitement to commit violence, or anything that borders on defamation.”. To my mind, a statement proposing- and I quote- “mandatory corrective rape” is quite clearly an incitement to violence . I don’t believe the constitution makes allowance for tone or humour in its classification of what constitutes hate speech (something which is a definite exception to the constitutional right to free speech, so the “humourous” subtext here matters little.) Nor was the constitution drafted in a time where the nuances and subtleties of text based social media communications (and any humourous undertone that may or may not be attached to said communication) were of significant relevance to the implied meaning of whatever statement an individual is making. In a time where the intent and context inferred from text-based communication is more ambiguous and ill-defined than ever, it becomes even more important to exercise caution in statements made on a public platform.

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    Martin Slabbert-Capper

    Caution is key, you are correct. Maybe an easy rule of thumb would be: are you willing to make these statements to that person’s face? If you are not willing to say something to someone when they are standing right in front of you, maybe you shouldn’t be saying it on a social media platform?

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