Solidarity’s complaint of racial discrimination against the South African government will be heard by the United Nations (UN) in August 2016. If you want to involve yourself with the biggest campaign against the unfair implementation of affirmative action in South Africa, this is your chance to do so! One lucky Solidarity member will be able to represent the public in the fight against unfair discrimination at the United Nations in August.
In September last year, Solidarity submitted the complaint in terms of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination to the UN in Genève. South Africa, as a signatory of this convention, has to submit a report every two years on the country’s compliance with the convention.
Civil organisations may then submit a shadow report in reaction to a government’s report. The watchdog committee on the Convention may then make recommendations to the member country. These recommendations must then be implemented and that particular country must report on the implementation. Solidarity’s complaint takes on the form of a shadow report prepared in response to the government’s latest report submitted in December 2014. Government was eight years late in submitting its report.
Solidarity Chief Executive Dr Dirk Hermann explained that as part of the complaint procedure, Solidarity will submit its shadow report to the above-mentioned Committee of the UN during the Committee’s session in August this year.
“We will, inter alia, show that the South African government is violating international law in several instances. We will also point out that it is our democratic duty to bring it to the attention of the relevant forums,” Hermann said.
Among other things, this complaint follows Renate Barnard’s nine-year struggle against racial quotas in the South African Police Service which she finally lost in the Constitutional Court. However, the Solidarity Complaint also focuses in general on the government’s application of racial quotas measured in terms of the country’s national racial demographics.
Fly with Solidarity to the UN
Do racial quotas go against your grain? You might just be the person to represent the public, along with the delegation from Solidarity, in the fight against unfair discrimination at the UN in August this year. Visit the webpage www.vliegsaam.co.za and fill in your details, along with a brief justification explaining why you want to accompany Solidarity to the UN, or SMS the word “fly” to 34802 (SMS costs R2). The price includes air tickets, meals and accommodation worth R40 000. Terms and conditions apply. Hurry up! The closing date for the competition is 4 April 2016. Late entries will not be eligible for the prize.