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:
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:
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||
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||
Vryburg & Potchefstroom
|Port Elizabeth Conference Centre, Military Road Central, Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand||July||second||12 July 2012|
|4||Community Public Hearings||
|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||
|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:
Private Bag X90 000
No 158 Jan Smuts Avenue, 1st Floor,
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: email@example.com
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.