The Chief Whip of the Majority Party in Parliament, Dr. Mathole
Motshekga, has today, 12 March, submitted a formal request to the South
African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to conduct an investigation into
complaints of gross human rights violation of leaders and members of
various churches and mosques in the Western Cape township of Khayelitsha
by the Cape Town Metropolitan Council.
The letter of request follows a fact-finding visit to Khayelitsha on
Tuesday by ANC Members of Parliament, where they witnessed shocking and
callous destruction of temporary structures of churches and mosques.
In the letter, the Chief Whip requests the SAHRC to conduct an
investigation into the conduct of the City of Cape Town and take
appropriate corrective measures to bring relief to the affected
The Office of the Chief Whip will, while the Commission is looking into
the matter, continue to work together with the affected communities to
ensure that this senseless onslaught on churches and mosques is urgently
halted and that the black people of Khayelitsha are allowed to freely
exercise their religious rights.