Land law re­view of­fi­cials re­ceive ‘racially abu­sive’ calls

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - POLITICS - SAMKELO MTSHALI

A FLURRY of al­legedly racially abu­sive calls have been made to at least three of­fi­cials from Par­lia­ment who have been as­sist­ing the joint con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee con­duct­ing pub­lic hear­ings into a pos­si­ble re­view of sec­tion 25 of the con­sti­tu­tion in prov­inces across the coun­try.

Par­lia­men­tary spokesper­son Moloto Mothapo con­firmed yes­ter­day that three of­fi­cials had laid com­plaints with Par­lia­ment on Fri­day over the phone calls.

Mothapo said the mat­ter would be re­ported to law en­force­ment agen­cies af­ter Par­lia­ment gath­ered all the rel­e­vant ev­i­dence to hand over.

The hear­ings started in Lim­popo on Thurs­day and were sched­uled to come to a con­clu­sion yes­ter­day be­fore they head off to Mpumalanga prov­ince to­mor­row.

“Some of the num­bers that th­ese of­fi­cials have been re­ceiv­ing calls from have been noted down so that when we open the case we can give the po­lice th­ese num­bers so that they can in­ves­ti­gate,” Mothapo said.

He said the of­fi­cials had not been de­terred by the calls and were con­tin­u­ing with their work.

“They’re work­ing very hard on the ground sup­port­ing th­ese hear­ings so that the hear­ings can been suc­cess­ful. They’re very hard at work and will not be de­terred by racist el­e­ments who do not want to see trans­for­ma­tion in this coun­try.

“The con­sti­tu­tional work of Par­lia­ment can never be hin­dered and such calls will not be tol­er­ated.

“Par­lia­ment con­demns this abu­sive be­hav­iour in the strong­est terms,” Mothapo said.

The cell­phone num­bers of the of­fi­cials had been made pub­lic to as­sist with me­dia li­ai­son and pub­lic mo­bil­i­sa­tion and the of­fi­cials were able to cap­ture some of the call­ers’ num­bers, he said.

“Par­lia­men­tary of­fi­cials are al­ways will­ing to as­sist mem­bers of the pub­lic and the me­dia to en­sure a mean­ing­ful, trans­par­ent and open pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“In this re­gard we de­nounce any abuse from dis­grun­tled in­di­vid­u­als on th­ese plat­forms as they have been cre­ated to en­sure the free flow of in­for­ma­tion on the par­lia­men­tary process,” Mothapo said.

For en­quiries con­tact the joint con­sti­tu­tional re­view com­mit­tee’s me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Ra­jaa Az­za­kani, on 021 403 8437 or 081 703 9542.

The link to the pub­lic hear­ings sched­ule is: yb9y­valx

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