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Media Statement: SAHRC, Pastor Bougardt reach agreement in Equality court case

Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is happy and welcomes an agreement that has been reached in the matter before the Equality Court between the Commission and Pastor Oscar Peter Bougardt.

The matter was settled after participation in the process of mediation between the Commission and Pastor Bougardt, before the Honourable Mr Justice Bozalek at the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

The SAHRC instituted proceedings against Pastor Bougardt in terms of section 20 of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act , 2000, in respect of an alleged contravention of section 10(1) of the Equality Act and section 9 and 10 of the Constitution.
Pastor Bougardt.

The settlement agreement prohibits Pastor Bougardt to, among others, publishing further statements that are discriminatory or incite hatred or harm on the grounds of sexual orientations

The matter has been settled between the parties, and the SAHRC is happy about the settlement.
No further statements would be made in this regard.

The SAHRC will at the request of Pastor Bougardt and at a date still to be determined, give a workshop on the intersection between the Constitutional right to religion, the right not to be discriminated against, and the freedom of expression

Issued by the SA Human Rights Commission

Isaac Mangena

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