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Justice department extends submission deadline for racism action plan

The new deadline for the policy which is expected to tackle prejudices is end of August 2016.

Minister of Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Michael Masutha. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The department of Justice and Constitutional Development has announced that submissions for the draft National Action Plan have been extended to until the end of August 2016.

The plan sets out to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

The department says it will provide a public policy to tackle prejudices in both the private and public sector.

The justice department's Mthunzi Mhaga says there are a number of stakeholders who have approached the ministry asking for a deadline extension, which was originally set for the end of June.

"They made a request for extensions because they are yet to make submissions."

Mhaga says they will be working closely with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

"The SAHRC plays an integral part on issues that relate to xenophobia, racism and other discriminatory elements to the project."

The action plan will be valid for the next five years and will be updated, every year, for those who are unable to submit by the end of August.

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