REPORT  MANDATORY VACCINATIONS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN  HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

REPORT MANDATORY VACCINATIONS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The African Christian Democratic Party welcomes and supports the call by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for people who have been threatened with losing their jobs or rented accommodation for refusing to have a Covid-19 vaccine to come forward.

ACDP MP Marie Sukers encourages all persons who feel prejudiced, by his or her employer’s decision to make vaccination mandatory, to submit a complaint to the SAHRC at GautengComplaints@sahrc.org.za

According to the SAHRC’s Gauteng head, Buang Jones, the commission hopes that this will assist to explore the available legalities to best address situations affecting employees and the implicated employers.

The commission says that this is an intervention that seeks to protect rights and hear the position of employers on this very important issue.

Complaints have already been received by the SAHRC from people who have been told they will be dismissed or evicted from where they stay if they do not take the vaccine. These are people who have serious misgivings about the vaccine.

Last month, a consolidated direction on occupational health and safety measures issued by employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi said: “Employers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds.

“The key principle of these guidelines is that employers and employees should treat each other with mutual respect. A premium is placed on public health imperatives, the constitutional rights of employees and the efficient operation of the employer’s business.”

[Watch] Help Us Protect Religious Freedoms – Oppose the PEPUDA Bill

[Watch] Help Us Protect Religious Freedoms – Oppose the PEPUDA Bill

The ACDP views the PEPUDA Amendment Bill as one of the greatest threats to religious freedom and calls on all God-fearing South Africans to oppose it.

The Amendment Bill seeks to address weaknesses in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 4 of 2000 (PEPUDA or “the Equality Act”).  However, in the process it:

• significantly broadens the definitions of “discrimination” and “equality” found in the Act;
• seeks to extend the scope of the prohibition of unfair discrimination; and
• provides for “joint and several liability”. This means that employers will be liable for the discriminatory actions of their employees, even if the employer did not know about it and even if the employee did not act intentionally.