BY CHAIRPERSON: REV. W.M
MABUZA
KOPANONG CONFERENCE
ON 19-21 JUNE 2009
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CRL RIGHTS COMMISSION MANDATE
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• The S. A Constitution
• CRL Act 19, 2002 (founding Act)
• The Cultural Charter for Africa
Respect for rules, principles, traditions,
languages, mores of society.
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Conflict Resolution
Community
Engagement
Administration
& Management
Research &
Policy
Development
Community /Public
Education &
Advocacy
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VISION
National Unity among the Diverse Cultural,
Religious and Linguistic Communities
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Mission
• Promotion and Protection of the Rights of
Cultural, Religious and Linguistic
Communities
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FUNCTIONS
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Developing Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Equality;
Recovering Indigenous Knowledge Systems;
Developing an Inventory of Heritages;
Enabling Communities to expand Responsibility and
Accountability;
• Intensifying Dialogue among Communities;
• Monitoring of the Compliance by the state & civil society
with the mandate of the CRL Rights Commission
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Mediation of Inter-Community Conflict
situations and facilitate Harmonious Coexistence;
Lobby with Government departments &
legislative authorities on issues concerning
the Rights of Cultural, Religious &
Linguistic Communities.
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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
Peace, friendship, humanity,tolerance
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Mutual respect
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Developmentof diminished heritage
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Community Councils
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INVESTIGATION & CONFLICT
RESOLUTION
• Nature of Complaints (complex)
• Range from c-r and l
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INVESTIGATION & CONFLICT
RESOLUTION
• Highest number about Religion
• Second highest number about Culture
• Least number about Language
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INVESTIGATION & CONFLICT
RESOLUTION
• Rural Communities’ Culture and Religion
• Urban Communities’ Languages in
Education
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RESEARCH & POLICY DEVELOPMENT
• Language in Education Policy Implementation
- Quotas to satisfy a Constitutional Right of and to
Language
- More attention to Dual Medium System
concerning English and Afrikaans – perpetuation
of exclusion of 9 official languages
- Is Sepedi and official language or a dialect? - a
Constitutional Review Agenda.
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• Promotion & Protection of Sacred Spaces
- Lack or Limited Access to Sacred Spaces;
(Violating Rights to Traditional, Cultural and Religious
Values and Practices (e.g. graves & burial grounds)
• Religious Inequality (Holy days & Holidays in the
South African calendar)
- Act No. 36 of 1994 promotes Religious Inequality
(legislative review)
- Promoting and Protecting Rights of Christian Religious
Community
(Perpetuating disrespect for rights of Islam, Judaism,
African religion, Khoi-San ans Rastaffarian Religions)
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Rites of Passage
- Increased Consciousness about Rites of
Passage & the Right of and to Rites
- Factors affecting Performance of rite
(cases of Yengeni, First Fruits Festival,)
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Public Hearings on Male Initiation
Botched Operations
Amputations
Deaths
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• Recommendations
Holistic approach to address Challenges
pre ‘lwaluko’
during ‘koma’
post ‘mophato’
Community Leadership
Involvement of Traditional and Government
Institutions
Understanding the Rationale
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PUBLIC EDUCATION & ADVOCACY
• Dialogues on Cultural Diversity
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Role of Culture, Religion & Language in all Communities
Respect of the Other
Youth Development
Celebration of Diversity in all provinces
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COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
- Community Dialogue on Strategy for
Recognition of Community Councils
- Approved recognition regulations by the
Minister
- Mini Conferences ---- NCC in July 2008
- Khoe-San Dialogue in January 2008
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CHAIRPERSON’S FLAGSHIP PROJECTS
• Africa Day Celebrations
Minority and majority cultural, religious and
linguistic community rights
• Africa Human Rights Day
- Educative approach- information on African Cultural
and Religious Systems in relation to Language Rights:
Mother Tongue Concept
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CRL RIGHTS COMMISSION
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Had the NCC on 12 – 14 July 2008
Foundation for Second National Consultative
Conference (NCC)
Intensification of the Foundation: Mini
Conferences in Nine Provinces
Database of CRL Community Organisations
Regulations for Registration of Community
Councils
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Purpose of NCC
• Progress Report of CRL Rights Commission
• National Progress Report
• Recommendations - future agenda for
promotion and protection of the c,r,l rights
of communities
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CONCLUSION
THANK YOU
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