Media statement: SAHRC to continue with Fransman/SAJBD investigation denies a snub
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13 June 2013
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has noted reports that allege that African National Congress Western Cape Provincial Chairman, Marius Fransman has “snubbed” the meeting arranged by the Commission as part of its investigation in a dispute between Mr Fransman and the South African Jewish Board of Deputieis (SAJBD).
The SAJBD reported a complaint against Mr Fransman to the Commission following his alleged utterances in a radio interview in which he is alleged to have said that the Democratic Alliance handed building contracts in two Cape Town suburbs, previously held by Muslims, to Jewish businessmen.
In their complaint the SAJBD requested the Commission to investigate allegations that Fransman made demeaning and inflammatory remarks that had the potential to create animosity and tensions between Muslims and Jews.
The Commission would like to confirm that we arranged a meeting between Mr Fransman and the SAJBD as part of our investigation into this matter.
The Commission would like to point out that the Mr Fransman wrote a letter to the Commission in which he excused himself from the meeting due to urgent engagements in Parliament. In this regard, his absence from the meeting cannot be viewed as a “snub” either to the Commission or the process initiated by the SAJBD.
This has no bearing on the Commission’s investigation which is still continuing. All parties, Mr Fransman included, will be given an opportunity to make submissions to the Commission, and all submissions will be considered.
SA Human Rights Commission