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DA wants SAHRC to investigate “racist” EC MEC

By Charl Bosch - Nov 23, 2015
DA wants SAHRC to investigate “racist” EC MEC

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has reportedly submitted an application for the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, for alleged racism.

Earlier this month, newspaper reports revealed that Sihlwayi had rejected inviting disadvantaged white children to state-sponsored youth camp near Port Alfred, and that her Chief of Staff later expressed anger at an official after six of the 200 youths attending the event, were white.

In a statement, DA MPL Veliswa Mvenya said Sihlwayi’s refusal to accommodate all races at the event, has exposed the African National Congress (ANC) as an “organisation not working for a non-racial future South Africa”.

“As MEC for Social Development, Sihlwayi has shown that given the chance, the ANC will decide which races can and cannot access opportunities,” Mvenya said.

“Her attempt at social and racial engineering harks back to the worst parts of South Africa’s history. In its protection of Sihlwayi, the ANC is showing itself to be a home to racists and a protector of racist members”.

Mvenya also stated that the party had already filed a complaint with the Eastern Cape legislature’s ethics committee to investigate Sihlwayi for racism.

No comment from her office has yet been made.