SAHRC Worcester 'dompas' probe ongoing

The commission met with the community policing forum after it received a complaint.

Patrick Amos's green card which he says he is being made to carry like the 'dompas' system. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Investigations into the so-called Worcester 'dompas' system is ongoing, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed on Thursday.

The commission met with the Worcester Community Policing Forum (CPF) this week after it received a complaint about the implementation of the card system.

The card was issued to job seekers of colour in the area but was later scrapped.

South Africa's pass laws of the 1950s, largely applied to African men and commonly known as the 'dompas', was an internal pass system designed to segregate the population.

SAHRC'S Western Cape Manager Karam Singh said, "We had written a letter to the community policing forum to get their response to the allegations as they were presented to the commission. We're still in the process of receiving an official correspondence from the CPF."

The CPF said they used it as a safety measure to control people entering certain suburbs.

At the same time, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) said it's running an investigation into the 'dompas system'.

It said it's waiting for a report from Worcester CPF explaining its actions.