SANDF and SAPS raid a KwaMashu hostel in Durban for looted goods. File Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi/African News Agency(ANA)
SANDF and SAPS raid a KwaMashu hostel in Durban for looted goods. File Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi/African News Agency(ANA)

CRL Rights Commission hearings on unrest in KZN and Gauteng to resume

By Sakhiseni Nxumalo Time of article published Sep 7, 2021

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DURBAN - THE CRL Rights Commission will today continue with the second leg of its engagements looking into the recent unrest that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) said that it had been working with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to facilitate interventions in line with their respective mandates.

During the first leg of engagements, the commission said racism, unemployment, poverty and the under-performing economy were some of the challenges that led to the violence.

CRL Rights Commission spokesperson Mpiyakhe Mkholo said they were largely focused on facilitating the resolution of friction between and within identified communities.

Mkholo said that the commission would ultimately bring matters to the attention of the appropriate authorities or organs of state.

“Already, the SAHRC hosted an imbizo on July 23 as part of its efforts to understand and respond to the unrest and the subsequent human rights impact arising from it. The SAHRC has also received various complaints in relation to the unrest and has taken note of tensions that ensued or were exacerbated within and between affected communities.”

Mkholo said the SAHRC had resolved, among others, to launch a National Investigative Hearing to address some of the concerns emerging from the July Imbizo. The findings of the National Investigative Hearing would inform the commission’s recommendations and directives.

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