Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) – Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed 13 new rights commissioners who will serve for the next five years. The appointments, which are for a period of five years, were made in terms of section 9 (1) read with 13 (1) of the Commission Act, 2002 (Act No 19 of 2002).
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21 July 2019
The Presidency said Ramphosa also appointed, in terms of section 12 of the Act, Professor Luka Mosoma and Dr Sylvia Pheto as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) respectively.
Professor Mosoma served as deputy chairperson in the previous term.
“President Ramaphosa has congratulated the Commissioners and wished them well in this critical role in ensuring social transformation and nation-building for the attainment of a truly united South African nation,’ said the Presidency on Friday.
Five other commissioners have been re-appointed for another term, namely Sheila Kama, Sicelo Dlamini, Nomalanga Tyamzashe, Adv Richard Botha and Renier Schoeman.
The other six commissioners are new appointments. They include Tsholofelo Mosala, Dr Oscarine Nokuzolo Mndende, Ramokone Trypina Kgatla, Dr Muneer Abduroaf, Prof Pitika Ntuli, and Mandla Langa.
Commenting on the development, Michael Swain, executive director of Freedom of Religion South Africa said his organisation “welcomes the appointment of the new commissioners and is committed to working with the commission to ensure that the religious rights of all persons in South Africa (including religious practitioners and their congregants), are protected and promoted.”
Swain added: “In a time where globally there is a serious erosion of religious freedom in multiple areas, the CRL has a critical role to play in creating an environment wherein religious communities can flourish, and religious believers can give expression to their deepest convictions and beliefs within the rule of law.
“As such, the commission’s role should be not to control, but to enable and enhance believers’ exercising of their religious rights.”
The selection process for new members of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) will move a step further this week with the holding of interviews of close to 40 candidates nominated by the public and sectoral organisations.
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, issued a call for nominations in September last year. The Minister has appointed a selection panel to interview the candidates and prepare a shortlist that will be given to the President of the Republic to consider and appoint at least 12 members to serve as Commissioners for a period of five years. The appointment process is undertaken in terms of section 11 of the CRL Act.
The members of the Selection Panel are the following;
- Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Panel Chairperson, who is the Deputy Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since 2002 Professor Ngubane has served as the Deputy Chairperson of the African Renaissance Movement in KwaZulu-Natal. Professor Ngubane also adjudicates articles for possible publication for the African Language Association of Southern Africa.
- Hosi N’wamita II, a recognised Senior Traditional Leader of the Valoyi Traditional Community in Limpopo. She is a former Member of Parliament and currently serving as an executive in the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders.
- Dr Mongane Wally Serote, renowned poet and writer, former Member of Parliament and former Chairman of the Portfolio Committee for Arts, Culture, Language, Science and Technology. Dr Serote is also a traditional healer.
- Mr Ashwin Trikamjee, a practising Hindu priest and an attorney. He is the former Chairperson of the National Religious Leaders Forum and is the President of the Hindu Council of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha and previously served as Vice-President of the Hindu Council of Africa.
- Father Patrick Rakeketsi, the Associate General Secretary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, lecturer at St John Vianney Seminary and Chairman of the Board of Management of Catholic Institutions in the Archdiocese of Pretoria.
- Ms Marlene Bethlehem is a former Deputy Chairperson of the CRL Rights Commission and former Chairperson of Advocacy on Public Education at the CRL Commission
The mandate of the CRL Rights Commission entails the following;
- promote respect for and further the protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities;
- promote and develop peace, friendship, humanity, tolerance and national unity among and within cultural, religious and linguistic communities, on the basis of equality, non-discrimination and free association;
- foster mutual respect among cultural, religious and linguistic communities;
- to promote the right of communities to develop their historically diminished heritage; and
- to recommend the establishment or recognition of community councils
The procedure for the selection of the members is as follows;
Section 11 of the CRL Act provides:
(1) Whenever it is necessary to appoint the members of the Commission contemplated in section 9 (1) (b), the Minister must-
(a) through advertisements in the media, nationally and in each of the provinces, and, where necessary, by other means, invite organisations or individuals within the cultural, religious and linguistic communities of South Africa to nominate persons complying with section 10 for appointment to the Commission;
(b) take further steps to invite organisations and individuals within the cultural, religious and linguistic communities of South Africa to nominate persons complying with section 10 for appointment to the Commission if the initial nominations as a result of advertisements or invitations referred to in paragraph (a) would not meet the requirements of section 9 (3);
(c) compile a list of the names of persons nominated in respect of each of the various cultural, religious and linguistic communities, setting out the prescribed particulars of each individual nominee; and
(d) appoint a selection panel consisting of persons who command public respect for their fair-mindedness, wisdom and understanding of issues concerning South African cultural, religious and linguistic communities.
(2) Any nomination made pursuant to an advertisement in terms of subsection (1) (a) or an invitation in terms of subsection (1) (b) must be supported by-
(a) the personal details of the nominee;
(b) particulars of the nominee’s involvement in cultural, religious and linguistic affairs, including a list of the cultural, religious and linguistic organisations of which that nominee is a member, an office-bearer or in which that nominee is an active participant;
(c) particulars of the nominee’s knowledge and experience concerning issues relevant to-
(i) the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities; and
(ii) nation-building; and
(d) any other information that may be prescribed.
(3) The selection panel must-
(a) select persons who qualify to be members of the Commission and who would be most suited to serve on the Commission;
(b) select persons whose appointment would meet the requirements of section 9 (3);(c) select from the list compiled in terms of subsection (1) (c) at least one and a half times the number of members to be appointed as a result of-
(i) a new term of the Commission;
(ii) an increase in the number of members contemplated in section 9 (1) (b); or
(iii) a vacancy; and
(d) submit the names of the selected persons to the President together with reasons why they were selected.
(4) The President must-
(a) appoint the members of the Commission from the names of the selected persons submitted in terms of subsection (3) (d); and
(b) comply with section 9 (3) when making the appointments.”
Below is the full list of those who are being interviewed or will be interviewed:
|Morakabe Raks SeakhoaMr Mandla Langa
Rev Hermanus Damons
Rev Dr Tsietsi Maloma
Rasta Sipho Mantula
Dr Sipho Moses Zondi
Dr Muneer Abduroaf
Mr Dawood Terblanche
Rev Michael Ian Weeder
Dr Oscarine Nokuzola Mdende
Ms Pumla Madiba
Dr Collin Naicker
Mr Renier Schoeman
Rev. Dr Christopher Bonginkosi Thenjwayo
Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva
Pundit Visvakumar Singh
Dr Paul Shilubane
Rev Micah Mhlupheki Nthali
Ngaka Abram Tsiane
Dr John Mphaphuli
Arch. Dr Modiri Shole
Ms Sheila Khama
Prof David Mosoma
Rev William Mvambo
Prof Pitika Ntuli
Ms Nomalanga Tyamzashe
Adv Richard Botha
Ms Tsholofelo Mosala
Inkosi Sydney Xolile Ndevu
Mr Raymond Trollip
Mr Sicelo Emmanuel Dlamini
Ms Jean Josephine Choudree
Mr Phumlani Victor Mzobe
Mr Lethola Joseph Mokatile
Ms Ramokone Tryphina Kgatla
Mr Moses Themba Makhweyane
Mr Mxolisi Eshwell Zwane
Dr Leshabela Herbert Maduane
Kgosi Malesela Solomon Dikgale
Dr Johannes Gogome Tshifularo
Dr Sylvia Mmamohapi Pheto
Ms Lungi Sokhulu
African Religion(Traditional Healer)
African Religion(Traditional Healer)
African Religion(Traditional Healer)
Arts and Culture
Culture (Modern Arts)
Language (PWD – deaf)
Language & Culture (Khoi-San)
Culture & Language (Academic)
Issued by the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs