Commission told of moves to reduce attacks on foreign truck drivers
MORE stakeholders appeared before the Human Rights Commission to provide a report on the role they have played in reducing attacks on foreign long-distance truck drivers.
Social Justice Participatory Democracy chief director Danaline Franzman said they engaged in a number of anti-xenophobia campaigns annually to address the issue of attacks on foreign nationals.
Franzman said that through the National Action Plan they implemented a public policy to fight these attacks.
She said their partnership with the Department of Social Development was key in piloting anti-xenophobia campaigns in various communities. “I can say that it has been successful and it is still striving; we continue to engage with community members on Human Rights Day and World Refugee Day to raise awareness.”
Department of Justice Acting Director-General of Court Services Tsietsi Malema told the commission they had dealt with a number of cases relating to foreign arrests in the country.
Malema revealed that the department had interpreters who help with communication at court.
He conceded they had struggled with finding translators for other languages in court. “When there is no one to assist, the department has to outsource because unfortunately we couldn’t fill the posts that we had advertised,” he said.
The inquiry on violent attacks on foreign truck drivers is expected to conclude today with more entities appearing at the Human Rights Commission.