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Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities Act, 2002 (Act No. 19 of 2002)

 

 

Notice No. 1024

30 July 2002

 

(English text signed by the President.)

(Assented to 24 July 2002)

 

It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–

 

In giving effect to the provisions of the Constitution-

to provide for the composition of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities;
to provide for additional functions of the Commission;
to provide for the convening of a national consultative conference;
to provide for the establishment and recognition of community councils; and
to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

PREAMBLE

 

WHEREAS the South African nation consists of a diversity of cultural, religious and linguistic communities;

 

AND WHEREAS past policies have bequeathed a legacy of division and inequality between these communities;

 

AND WHEREAS the Constitution seeks to -

heal these divisions of the past;
establish a non-racial and non-sexist society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;
promote equality;
promote respect for, and the protection of, the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities; and
promote unity in our diversity;

 

AND WHEREAS the Constitution has created a range of institutional mechanisms to ensure the stability of the democratic order, including a Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities;

 

AND WHEREAS the Commission in fulfilling its constitutional task should play a key role in assisting with the building of a truly united South African nation bound by a common loyalty to our country and all our people;

 

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:-