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National Summit on the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family
Minister: Bathabile Olive Dlamini
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
Deputy Minister
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Explanation of Vote: Resolution A/HRC/27/L.27 Rev.1 on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014

Media Statement

On behalf of the Republic of South Africa, by H.E. Abdul Samad Minty, Permanent Representative of South Africa 
to the United Nations and other International Organisations at Geneva.
 
Mr. President
 
The belief that no person should fear for their safety or be deprived of their dignity because of their sexual orientation or gender identity explains why South Africa led initiatives leading to resolution 17/19 in 2011 and co-chaired a high level panel on the issue with Brazil in 2012. We have also lent our support for similar resolutions in other multilateral fora.
 
South Africa has therefore voted for Resolution A/HRC/27. The founding principles of the democratic South Africa’s Constitution state clearly that South Africa is a sovereign democracy founded on the basis of human dignity and the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights. Guided by the principle of supremacy of the South African constitution and the rule of law, the South African government, through section 8 of our constitution is enjoined to promote and respect the rights of all people without distinction of any kind.  The rights detailed in section 9(3) of the South African constitution lists the rights that the South African government needs to promote and respect.  Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is explicitly prohibited in this section of our constitution.
 

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SUMMIT TO DISCUSS THE DISINTEGRATING FAMILY STRUCTURE KICK-STARTS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MONTH Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014

Media Advisory

While the family unit is recognised as an essential building block for a well-functioning society, it has over the years faced serious challenges that have led to its deterioration and resulted in a number of social challenges we see in South Africa, and the world, today.

A Report by Statistics South Africa last year titled “South Africa’s young children: their family and home environment” paints a worrying picture about the state of the family in our country.  The report states that while the majority of children aged below five years had both their biological parents alive, many of them did not live with their biological parents in the same households, and fathers appeared to be more absent in the households than mothers.

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THE DEBATE TO MAKE SIGN LANGUAGE OFFICIAL SHOULD BE ELEVATED Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014

Media statement

Pretoria, September 25, 2014 – As South Africans joins other nations of the world in observing International Week of the Deaf (22-28 September), the Department of Social Development supports all efforts to elevate the debate to make South African Sign Language an official language in South Africa.

Deaf persons continue to experience high levels of marginalisation and exclusion due to a general lack of understanding of Deaf culture, lack of South African Sign Language proficiency, and the availability of and expense associated with professional sign language interpreter services.  This limits the social participation and integration of Deaf persons.  One way of addressing this marginalisation is having South African Sign Language recognised as an official language in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, and the country needs to seriously to discuss this matter if we’re going to walk the talk in advancing disability rights.

 

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