Land law review officials receive ‘racially abusive’ calls
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: https://tinyurl.com/ yb9yvalx