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Booklet on National Action Plan to Combat Racism Released

March 27, 2019

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

27 March 2019

A booklet on the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (NAP) has been released.

The NAP was officially launched this week.

Cabinet approved the NAP for tabling at the United Nations at the end of February 2019.

According to the justice and constitutional development department, approval of the NAP followed a “rigorous process which was overseen by a Steering Committee comprising various stakeholders including government departments, Chapter 9 institutions, broader civil society organisations and other relevant role-players”.

The NAP contains a “targeted set of actions, interventions, measures and timeframes, with a proposed governance structure for the implementation of the NAP, as well as clear monitoring and evaluation arrangements and a reporting framework”.

It calls for a partnership between government departments and Chapter Nine institutions in implementing anti-racist and anti-discrimination education.

Other focus areas include the collection of data regarding racism and discrimination and the “identification of legislation that needs to be amended or adopted with a view to improving the protection of victims, the building of a more equal society, and strengthening of the rule of law and democracy”.

A NAP implementation plan was also released last week focused on activities for the period 2019/20 to 2023/24.

The booklet provides detail on the aims, objectives and significance of the NAP and accessing of rights.