The National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

NAP NAP Plan NAP Booklet In answering this call, Cabinet has adopted this National Action Plan to combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. The Plan is based on the collective conviction of South Africans that, given that the ills of unfair discrimination and inequality are human-made; we have the means to completely eradicate these ills from our country.

The Plan has been developed through a comprehensive consultation process involving government, the Chapter Nine institutions and civil society, and is informed by general principles of universality, interdependence and indivisibility of human rights, participation and inclusion, progressive realisation, accountability, equality and non-discrimination.

The Plan commits all sectors of our society to the promotion and protection of human rights, and to raising awareness of anti-racism, equality and anti-discrimination issues. It calls for a partnership between government departments and Chapter Nine institutions in implementing anti-racist and anti-discrimination education.

Further actions include the collection of data regarding racism and discrimination in order that we may combat these problems and improve such interventions as the prosecution of offenders and psychosocial support for victims. The National Action Plan (NAP) also makes provision for the identification of legislation that needs to be amended or adopted with a view to improving the protection of victims, the building of a more equal society, and strengthening of the rule of law and democracy.

This Plan calls for commitment by all South Africans to values and behaviour that will break with our hurtful and damaging past and that will keep our moral compass trained on our path of renewal and growth. This is an effort that must have its root in every heart and every home, from where our values must radiate into our classrooms, workplaces, supermarket queues, restaurants and stadiums.

Let us make our next 25 years of freedom a period where we will indeed be free of the divisions, discrimination and intolerance of our past.

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NOTE: The National Action Plan is being translated into all official languages and will be made available as soon as possible.

Enquiries can be directed to: Ms Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Tel: +27 (0) 12 315 1500/1487,

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