South Africa introduces action plan to fight racism and discrimination

South Africa introduces action plan to fight racism and discrimination

- Government has launched a new plan to combat racism and discrimination

- The plan will include a system for keeping track of racism allegations and how they are prosecuted

- The SA Human Rights Commission has welcomed the plan, saying it was time such a document was adopted by the state

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South Africa has launched a national action plan to resist racism, xenophobia and other racial and ethnic discrimination.

The plan was unveiled this week by Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery.

Cabinet approved the plan last month. It will be updated every five years.

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The plan is aimed at combating racism and to raise awareness anti-discrimination issues among public servants, elected officials and civil society.

Accoring to IOL, Jeffery said that plan was introduced to honour the legacy of Ahmed Kathrada. It was approved following extensive debate and oversight.

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomed the plan, saying that it should have been introduced more than a decade ago.

A spokesperson for the Commission added that the body continued to receive numerous complaints related to incidents of alleged racism. According to the Commission, they received more than 500 complaints of race-based discrimination in 2017 alone.

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The plan also includes the introduction of a system to keep track of reports of racism and discrimination, as well prosecutions relating to the crimes of prejudice.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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