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Media Advisory: The South African Human Rights Commission invites MEC Faith Mazibuko to clarify her comments

15 April 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

In March 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) became aware, through various social media platforms, of a widely circulated audio recording concerning a meeting held by MEC Faith Mazibuko with her senior Managers in which she was heard saying the following “I empower you, you are not empowerable. Which other department has an Indian that is a CFO? Which department has an HOD that is a ‘mlungu’? Ayikho [there is none], including national.”
Upon assessment of the statements, the Commission was of the view that it implicated a number of rights listed in the Bill of Rights. Following this, the Commission initiated an own accord investigation and consolidated all complaints received from members of the public into one, and proceeded to assess this matter.

The Commission has called the MEC to appear before it on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, for purposes of obtaining more information in order to fully assess the matter and to clarify remarks attributed to her in the audio recording.

Details of the meeting are as follows:
Time: 12:00
Venue: SAHRC Offices, Braamfontein
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For any queries, please contact: Mr Buang Jones (Gauteng Provincial Manager) on 011 877 3752/ 078 617 0476 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Zamakhize Mkhize, Legal officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 011 877 3764 / 061 814 7143 or Phillip Molekoa, Advocacy Officer, T: 011 877 3754/ C: 083 731 0662; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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