16 April 2019

South Africa: Faith Mazibuko to Undergo Sensitivity Programme After Apology Before the SAHRC Over Office Slur

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MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko (file photo).
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Gauteng MEC for Sport and Recreation Faith Mazibuko appeared before the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday and apologised for her controversial 'combi courts' rant. Mazibuko explained the reason behind her derogatory utterances, saying she felt betrayed and had acted in anger.

After a threatening and racially charged tirade at staff members during a provincial department executive meeting, Gauteng MEC for Sport and Recreation Faith Mazibuko has apologised and taken full responsibility for her actions.

At her appearance before the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, April 16, Mazibuko said she was prepared to work with the commission in upholding the values of the Constitution.

"After careful reflection I would like to tender an unconditional apology to all South Africans who were offended by my remarks," said Mazibuko.

Mazibuko said she had already apologised to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, her senior management team and those directly affected by her remarks. She would continue to dedicate herself to the "promotion and advancement of human rights and freedoms of citizens".

"I will work with the commission as part of my honest endeavour and renewed commitment to social cohesion, diversity, integration and adherence to the values of ubuntu" she said.

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