Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
South Africa marks 24 years of freedom amid continuous contests over over governance, economic justice as well as reconciliation and inclusion.
Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface.
Past cases indicate that verbal crimen injuria is not that serious. But a landmark sentence in South Africa has changed that.