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Makhura: Anti-racism team to begin work next month

The premier announced the team at the Sharpeville cricket pitch on Human Rights Day, yesterday.

MEC Paul Mashatile, Former President Kgalema Motlanthe, Advocate George Bizos and Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the Human Rights Dau Celebration on 21 March 2016. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura says an anti-racism team that his provincial government has tasked with promoting social cohesion, will begin its work next month. 

The premier announced the team yesterday at the Sharpeville cricket pitch where thousands gathered to celebrate Human Rights Day and remember those who were killed in 1960

Sixty-nine people were shot dead by police while protesting against pass laws.

More than 100 others were also wounded. 

Makhura says the anti-racism team, which includes former Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, former Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Brigalia Bam and Reverend Ray McCauley of the Rhema Bible Church, was established because of racial comments that emerged on social media earlier this year and the 2015 xenophobic attacks. 

He says the team of 20 members will be sent to research and investigate at universities as well as in suburbs, townships, churches and businesses across the Gauteng province.

“In the next 10 days, I will convene a meeting to brief them extensively and to provide the necessary secretarial support.” 

Makhura says he will meet the team this week and plans to appoint them for a three-year term, until the end of his tenure as premier.

He says the team is meant to help government come up with ways to tackle issues around racism and xenophobia. 

To view EWN’s special feature, Voices of Sharpeville, click here.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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