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sahrc thumb medium90 90News24 reports that Limpopo deputy director-general Nana Manamela has been cleared by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) of allegations of practising religious discrimination in the office of the premier.  

The commission's provincial manager, Victor Mavhidula, said this week that the allegations could not be substantiated:  "We did not find any evidence to substantiate the allegations. We interviewed all the relevant people involved, including the deputy director-general and the [trade] union."  The commission launched its investigation after complaints by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) that Manamela, who is in charge of corporate management services in the office of the premier, was practising discrimination against staff members who belonged to the Zion Christian Church (ZCC).  Manamela was alleged to have told some staff members that she did not want "members of the ZCC in the office".  Nehawu branch chairperson Norman Mavhunga expressed shock that the investigation was completed and its outcome made public without the knowledge of the union.  He said the only time the union was consulted by the commission during the investigation was when it was requested to avail witnesses during the lockdown period.  He described the investigation as "totally unfair" because not all witnesses, including union officials, had been interviewed.  "The information available was deliberately ignored by the commission," Mavhunga charged.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Russel Molefe at News24

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