The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is calling on South Africans to respond to the challenge of intolerance by making inputs to the Draft National Action Plan (NAP) to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances.

The department’s call comes as South Africa marked World Refugee Day on Monday. The public can submit their comments for the draft NAP before the June 30, 2016 deadline for the final document which would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

It is envisaged that the NAP will form the basis for the development of a comprehensive policy framework to fight racism. The plan provides the basis for a public policy against racial discrimination that will assist in giving effect to South Africa’s international human rights obligations.

It is also envisaged that the NAP will provide for specific outcomes and a technical guiding framework for government’s policies, programmes and strategies to combat racial discrimination, and is a step towards complying with the obligation to give effect to the constitutional value of equality and non-discrimination.

Once finalised, the NAP will be valid for five years and renewed on an annual basis. “The NAP is not intended to replace existing laws and policies but rather to be complimentary to the existing legislation, policies and framework, which address equality, equity and transformation,” the department says.

The draft NAP was approved by the Cabinet on Dec 9, last year and has been available on the department’s website for public comment since Dec 18, 2015.

Source: Nam News Network

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