FOR SA (Freedom of Religion South Africa) is a non-profit Christian organisation working to protect and promote religious freedom in South Africa, through creating awareness and influencing government and society regarding issues that affect our religious freedom. Read more…

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Civil Union Amendment Bill: Pro Forma Submission

By Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA Comments have been invited on the Civil Union Amendment Bill, which seeks to force State-employed marriage officers – potentially against their conscience and religious beliefs – to solemnize same-sex marriages.  (For...

Comment Invited on Draft Code of Conduct for Religion

By Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA The COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee has decided (for now) not to adopt the CRL Rights Commission’s proposed recommendations for the regulation of religion. Instead, COGTA recommended (as unanimously requested...

Land Expropriation and The Religious Community

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA Land expropriation is a highly political and emotionally charged issue.  Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) is closely monitoring this area since it clearly has the potential to impact on the religious community. ...

CRL Still Set On (State) Regulation Of Religion

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA In February this year, the COGTA Parliamentary Portfolio Committee issued its Report on the CRL Rights Commission’s Report on the “Commercialisation” of Religion and Abuse of People’s Belief Systems.  In a nutshell, while...

Comment Invited On the “Civil Union Amendment Bill”

By Daniela Ellerbeck, Legal Advisor to FOR SA The right to refuse to do something because of one’s conscience, religion, beliefs or opinion is protected in various legal instruments.  Section 6 of the Civil Union Act, 2006 (“the Act”) is one such section - it protects...

Greater Access to Porn, and Less to Religion

By Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA The Films and Publications Amendment Bill (commonly referred to as “the Internet Censorship Bill”) adopted in the National Assembly on 6 March 2018, is a mixed bag.  On the positive side, the Bill contains provisions...


BREAKING NEWS: The Johannesburg High Court (sitting as the Equality Court) has just granted journalist Jon Qwelane leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein. The Court acknowledged that the matter involved “complex and controversial legal principles” - such as the Equality Act’s yardstick to determine hate speech – and that it was in the interests of justice that the uncertainty in the correct and proper interpretation of the "hate speech" clause in the Equality Act, be settled by the SCA. For this reason also, FOR SA welcomes the granting of leave to appeal. #religiousfreedom #FORSA #Qwelane #hatespeech ... See MoreSee Less

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Dr. Reuben van Rensburg states his concern for the state of the Church.

Richard Botha, Commissioner of the CRL speaks on standing up for your rights.

Michael Cassidy speaks on Freedom of Religion in South Africa and the threat being faced.

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