SAPRA Report: South African Pagan Council 2017 Annual General Meeting

South African Pagan Council 2017 Annual General Meeting
Report by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA)
(SAPRA is an affiliated member of the Pagan Council)

2017 SAPRA Director’s Report

Over the last 23 years, SAPRA has demonstrated its capacity and proficiency in human rights activism and justice advocacy. SAPRA currently chairs the South African Pagan Council Law Reform Committee.

In 2017 SAPRA dealt with several matters including:

a) labour-related matters including unfair dismissal cases and religious holiday leave,
b) issues relating to child custody and religion,
c) bullying in public schools,
d) discrimination by the Department of Education against religious minorities including participation in the Harmful Religious Practices Charter Task Team,
e) equitable religious observances at state institutions,
f) a proposal by the CRL Commission to regulate the practice of religions,
g) pending Hate Speech legislation,
h) submission on the ‘National Action Plan to combat Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance’,
i) discrimination by the SA Police Services,
j) the ongoing review of the Witchcraft Suppression Act by the South African Law Reform Commission,
k) and continuing annual advocacy against witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in South Africa.

* SAPRA has been invited to submit a presentation on witchcraft accusations and witch-hunts in South Africa, at a United Nations ‘Workshop on Witchcraft and Human Rights’ as an Expert Panelist, in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2017.

South African Pagan Rights Alliance
Director: Mr. Damon Leff ∙ Chief Executive Officer: Ms. Morgause Fonteleve ∙ Marriage Officer Registrar: Dr. Retha van Niekerk ∙ General Secretary: Ms. Gitta Seyfert ∙ Treasurer: Ms. Nidhi Chaitow ∙ Executive Committee: Ms. Christina Engela, Mr. Francisco Fumarola.