One step closer for SAHRC candidates

2016-11-15 21:23
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Cape Town - The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the nominations of seven candidates to form a new South African Human Rights Commission.

They were chosen after a three-week process by the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, during which their CVs were made public and calls for comments were made.

MPs voted almost unanimously in favour of the seven candidates. A total of 263 MPs voted in favour of the motion. There was one abstention.

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The recommended candidates are:

  • Prof Bongani Christopher Majola,
  • Ms Matlhodi Angelina Makwetla,
  • Ms Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana,
  • Adv Andre Hurtley Gaum,
  • Adv Jonas Ben Sibanyoni,
  • Rev Andrew Christoffel Nissen, and
  • Adv Bokankatla Joseph Malatji.

Majola was nominated as SAHRC chairperson and Jana his deputy.

Nissen and Sibanyoni would serve as part-time members and the other five as full-time commissioners.

The motion will go to President Jacob Zuma to be signed into law. They would serve a seven-year term.

Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said the party supported the candidates, but that the African National Congress had taken too long to get the ball rolling in filling the seven vacancies.

She said the new SAHRC had the potential to fulfil its new duties without political influence, but only time would tell.

Economic Freedom Fighters MP Nthako Matiase said the party was happy with Majola’s nomination as chairperson.

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