Source: South African Press Association (Pretoria)
South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (aka. CRL Rights Commission) has announced that its current review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa, with a view to reducing the number of Christian public holidays, would leave Christmas and Good Friday untouched.
As per the aforementioned CRL Rights Commission press release, "The Commission has no intention to propose the removal of Christmas and Good Friday but it has to listen to all sides in this inquiry".
Last month (11-Jun-2012), South Africa's CRL Rights Commission announced that it had been tasked with another review of the list of official public holidays in South Africa, with a view to reducing the number of Christian public holidays.
Almost a decade ago (06-Nov-2003), then South African Minister of Home Affairs and President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, had similarly been mandated by the South African Cabinet to chair an inter-departmental task team to review the South African official public holidays calendar. Nothing ever came out of that consultation, and the "Public Holidays Act 36 of 1994", revised in 1995, stands unchanged to this day.
But, since then, the issue of declaring public holidays for other religions (30-Mar-2007) or ethnic groups (22-Nov-2009) has resurfaced regularly.
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