Source:South African Press Association (Pretoria)
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 Updated: Saturday, December 15, 2018
South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities has 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 (2003-11-06), then South African Minister of Home Affairs and President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, had been mandated by the South African Cabinet to chair an inter-departmental task team to review the South African official public holidays calendar. At that time, the departments forming the task team are Labour, Finance, Education and Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
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 (2007-03-30) or ethnic groups (2009-11-22) resurfaces regularly.
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