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Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services issues PEPUDA Bill update

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The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has issued an update on the developments of the proposed amendments to the PEPUDA Bill, and confirmed receiving many comment submissions.

The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services issued a media statement on Thursday, 8 July 2021, which was posted by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery on the updates and developments of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) Bill. The ministry noted in its statement the great deal of public and media interest on the proposed draft amendments to the bill.

The ministry stated that since the bill was published for public comment, a many submissions were received and are still being studied by the department. Thereafter, a revised bill will be prepared as per the legislative process.

The ministry also confirmed that as part of the consultative legislative process, Jeffery, accompanied by departmental officials, met with religious leaders and representatives of Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) to discuss the provisions of the draft bill and address their concerns. Jeffery also stated that the state will continue upholding its rights to freedom of religion, belief and opinion (section 15), and that the bill was not intended to interfere with the exercise of the Section 15 rights.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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