Fransman snubs SAHRC meeting

2013-06-12 11:41
Marius Fransman (File, Sapa)

Marius Fransman (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman failed to attend a mediation meeting with the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) after a comment he made, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Voice of the Cape radio station in February, Fransman had alleged that the Democratic Alliance handed building contracts in two Cape Town suburbs, previously held by Muslims, to Jewish businessmen.

The SAJBD then reportedly lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which arranged a mediation meeting for last Friday with Fransman's agreement.

The complaint was that he had made demeaning and inflammatory remarks that could create animosity between Muslims and Jews.

Fransman told the newspaper he saw no reason to attend the meeting as he had not said anything in violation of human rights.

"I don't believe what I said is wrong... I'm prepared to meet them [the board] to engage about real human issues in previously disadvantaged communities," he was quoted as saying.

The SAHRC reportedly received a letter from Fransman explaining his absence.

The investigation into the complaint would continue.

- SAPA
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