crl rights commission continues with the consultative community hearings on the possible review of public holidays

26 Jun 2012

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (herein after referred to as ‘the Commission’) is a constitutional human rights institution established by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in 2004 to strengthen constitutional democracy with specific reference to the rights of culture, religion and language.

The CRL Rights Commission has so far conducted consultative hearings on the possible review of Public Holidays Act 36 of 1994 in three provinces. Those provinces are Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

Some of the submissions already gathered from the three provinces include:

  • An introduction of African Calendar that talks to its people
  • Scrapping of all religious holidays
  • Scrapping of all religious holidays and introduce two more general holidays
  • An addition of other religious holidays in the current calendar
  • Reduction of the current holidays for economic purposes

The CRL Rights Commission has been receiving a number of complaints the bias and unfair schedule of Public Holidays Act 36 of 1994 (‘the PHA’). The focal point of the complaints and requests is that the PHA should not only cater for the Christian religious.

The national consultative community hearings aim at:

  • building the nation, social cohesion and creation of peace among cultural, religious and linguistic communities
  • encouraging cultural and religious community participation on the matter;
  • seek information from the cultural, religious communities and determine whether, according to the communities, there is discrimination or not; and if there is discrimination whether such discrimination is fair or unfair; and
  • submit a report with recommendations to the National department of Home Affairs, Labour, various Portfolio Committees and the Office of the Presidency.

The schedule of hearings for other provinces are as follows:  

No:

Activity

Province

Venue

Month

Week

No of days and dates

1.

Community Public Hearings

Western Cape

Cape Town –Athlone Stadium

June

fourth

28 June 2012

2.

Community Public Hearings

North West

Vryburg & Potchefstroom

Naledi Municipality Banquetting Hall, Market and Delarey Straat, VRYBURG and Potchesftroom Madiba Banqueting hall's foyer Corner Nelson Mandela Avenue and Govan Mbeki Avenue. TLOKWE (Potchefstroom)

July

first

 

4 & 5 July 2012

3.

Community Public Hearings

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Conference Centre, Military Road Central, Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand

July

second

12 July 2012

4.

Community Public Hearings

Mpumalanga

Nelspruit

TBC

July

third

19 and 20 July 2012

5.

Community Public Hearings

Northern Cape Kimberly

TBC

July

fourth

25 and 26 July 2012

6.

Community Public Hearings

Limpopo

Polokwane

TBC

July

fourth

30 and 31 July 2012

Invited and expected are leaders, representatives of various religious, cultural community councils, and political parties in South Africa.

NB: The hearings will resume at 09h00.

Contact details: Submission can be addressed to Adv Sipho Mantula and may be posted or hand delivered to the CRL Rights Commission at:
Postal address:
Private Bag X90 000
Houghton
2041

Physical Address:
No 158 Jan Smuts Avenue, 1st Floor,
Rosebank, Johannesburg

For further information regarding submission and or the hearings, kindly contact Adv A Sedupane at 011 537 7600 Ext 7606, Fax: 011 880 3495.

Electronic emails should be forwarded to Adv Sipho Mantula at: sipho@crlcommission.org.za

The Closing date for Submission is 1 August 2012. However, Chief Executive Officer may at his discretion and in consultation with Investigation and Conflict Resolution and Research and Publications units consider late submissions.

For media related enquiries and interviews contact:
Adv Sipho Mantula
Communications and Marketing Officer
Tel: 011 537 7628
Cell: 084 781 5587
E-mail: sipho@crlcommission.org.za