Racism has no place in Justice

By Nana Mzila

Racism has no place in Justice. This became evident when departmental employees from the national office recently gathered to support the campaign against racism and speak out against all forms of discrimination.

ms part of the department’s efforts to popularise and promote the National Action Plan (NAP), an initiative launched by the department to address racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, took place on 1 April 2016.

Its overall goal is to build a non-racial, non-sexist society based on the values of human dignity, equality and the advancement of human rights and freedom.

Outgoing Director-General, Ms Nonkululeko Sindane highlighted that the NAP emphasises racism as it forms a huge part of the country’s history in which people were humiliated and degraded for about 300 years on the basis of their colour.

“We are currently working with chapter nine (9) institutions and the Anti-Racism Network of South Africa (ARNSA), which is an alliance of organisations working to respond to racism in South Africa. These stakeholders will assist us in reaching all corners of the country to curb racism and all forms of discrimination. Racism is not part of us and is not going to be done in our name,” she said.

Mr Sean Moodley, a representative of the ARNSA encouraged staff to be champions of the NAP so that it is fully functional.

“The NAP is an important nation-building document. It is therefore important that employees of the department are an integral part of it in an effort to shape South Africa into a better non-racial country,” he urged.

Encouraging staff in attendance, Mr Tsietsi Malema, Court Services Acting Deputy Director-General said everyone must challenge racism tendencies in any platform.

“The important question should be; ‘what must be done when someone speaks ill about other people racially, sexually or any other derogatory manner’? We have two choices, we either keep quite or speak against such behaviour,” he said.