The cabinet has condemned incidents of racism and sexism, saying they have the potential to undermine South Africa's Constitution.
Government spokesman Themba Maseko, pictured, said yesterday at a media briefing in parliament: "The transgressors must know that there will be legal consequences for undermining the Constitution and treading on the rights of others."
The incidents include the notorious Free State University video, the attack on a young woman wearing a miniskirt by taxi drivers in Johannesburg, and 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza's use of the word "k****r".
Reitz hostel, which is at the centre of the racist video controversy, yesterday offered an unconditional apology to all students.
Khoza has also apologised to the public for using the k-word.
The cabinet has also approved a proposal to establish a national department of traditional leadership.
Maseko said a "major challenge" would be to ensure there was no conflict between local government and the traditional leadership.
The department would be based in Pretoria and would report to the minister of provincial and local government.
The cabinet also approved the HIV-Aids country progress report to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV-Aids. The report used data from public and private sources to ensure reliability. - Sapa