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The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development condemns in the strongest possible terms, the alleged attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces, as reported by some media.

The Department tenders its heartfelt condolences to the affected families and urges communities to cooperate with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted.

It is most unfortunate that these attacks happen during Human Rights Month where all people in our country are supposed to be celebrating and observing our hard-won human right dispensation.

We, however, remain encouraged that the recently launched National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (NAP) will assist us to deal effectively and practically with any form of intolerance in society. The plan, among others, requires all of society to act collectively to root out the scourge of intolerance, and its various manifestations in society.

There is no excuse for anyone in South Africa taking the law into their own hands. Members of the public are urged to use available recourse avenues such as the equality courts, the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Gender Equality which have been set up in terms of the Constitution to promote and protect human rights, as well as other law enforcement agencies to resolve differences rather than resorting to vigilantism.

Equality courts are specialised courts designated to hear matters relating to unfair discrimination, hate speech and harassment. These courts were extended to the magistrate’s courts primarily to bring access to justice to the marginalized and vulnerable citizens to assert their rights.

Source: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

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