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SAHRC needs budget increase

The SAHRC asked Parliament's Justice Portfolio Committee for a budget increase.

Parliament

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday said it would be able to finalise all complaints it deals with, if it got a considerable budget increase.

A delegation from the commission delegation from the commission presented its strategic plan for 2013 to Parliament's Justice Portfolio Committee.

SAHRC officials came in for a gruelling over the request for an additional R23 million.

The commission's budget was R100 million for the last financial year.

Member of Parliament (MP) Dene Smuts warned the delegation, with budget cuts expected in the criminal justice system, the system should not get its hopes up too high.

But even with limited funds, SAHRC's Kayum Ahmed said over 86 percent of cases have been finalised.

He pointed out this was achieved with limited resources.

He explained more money was desperately needed to deal with increasing mitigation costs and to recruit more staff.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the commission announced it had received 45 complaints against model Jessica Leandra dos Santos while it received none against model Tshidi Tamane.

The two models were in the centre of a racial storm following their racial offensive tweets last week.

Dos Santos' wrote: "Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful k***** inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have."

And Tamane replied, "Dear Mr Peter Mokaba . I wish All White People were killed when you sang 'Kill the Boer' we wouldn't be experiencing @JessicaLeandra's racism right now."

Both models have since apologised while Tshidi has since cancelled her Twitter account.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said apologising was not enough as the damage was already done.