Have your say about cohesion

2014-06-18 00:00

THREE months after the special committee to investigate opportunities and threats to social cohesion in KwaZulu-Natal was announced, it is now inviting the public to make written submissions.

The committee, led by Professor Paulus Zulu, placed advertisements in newspapers this week inviting individuals and organisations to make written submissions on their experiences and challenges of social cohesion in the province. The committee also urged those interested to include suggestions on how social cohesion can be strengthened.

Zulu told The Witness yesterday the written submissions were one of the methods they were using to do their research on the work they were assigned by Premier Senzo Mchunu in March.

He also said the committee would also use focus groups as part of their research.

In another development, the committee has enlisted the services of African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Accord) as its secretariat.

Zulu defended the appointment of the civil society group. “We are going through a research process. They are doing research with us. All members of the committee are full-time employed elsewhere,” Zulu said when explaining the appointment of the Accord to do research for them.

When he announced the committee, Mchunu said his executive council was concerned about the pronouncements and activities of certain groups that attacked the fundamental values of non-racialism.

He made his statements in the wake of groups such as Mazibuye African Forum (MAF) and Imbumba Business Empowerment Group which had raised concerns about Indians’ alleged stranglehold of the provincial economy.

MAF wants Indians to be excluded from affirmative action and black economic empowerment, and Imbumba wants previously disadvantaged small businesses to be considered in the economy by the government. — Witness Reporter.

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