Com­mis­sion told of moves to re­duce at­tacks on for­eign truck driv­ers

Pretoria News - - METRO - GIFT TLOU

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.

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