CRL Commission ignores minorities

In a recently published article – Pagans and Christians oppose CRL commission’s ‘state capture’ of religion – CRL Commission chairperson Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva is reported to have stated:

“The participants in the hearings were part of a random sample. Only religions which were broadly represented at a percentage above 3% were part of the hearings. So in this case, size did matter,” she said.

“We already worked with Sapra concerning the witchcraft community. Their views were already canvassed,” said Mkhwanazi-Xaluva.”

It must be noted that submissions on the CRL Commission’s proposal to regulate religions and religious leaders were submitted to the Commission by both the South African Pagan Rights Alliance and the South African Pagan Council. These submission were ignored, and Pagans were not canvassed for our opinions on the proposal.

At no time has the Commission ever canvassed the opinion of SAPRA on the proposed regulation of religion!

SAPRA is disappointed by Mkhwanazi-Xaluva’s decision to ignore minority religions on this important consultation process – minority faiths will, after all, also be affected by the proposal to obligate all religious leaders and religions to submit to state regulation. Pagans have a constitutional right to equality and to equal representation in matters which affect us and our religious communities.

As a consequence of this denial of equal access, and grievous misrepresentation of the facts, this Alliance will be submitting a formal request to Parliament to remove the current Chair from her position. The CRL Commission must protect, promote and defend the right to equality for all religions, not just those who have a majority.

Pagans say no to ‘regulation of religion’ proposal (SAPRA – Oct 31, 2016)