Government has invited nominations from organisations and individuals within the cultural, religious and linguistic sectors of South Africa for candidates to be appointed as Commissioners of the CRL Rights Commission.
The term of the current Commissioners of the Commission on the Promotion of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities will come to an end on 28 February 2019.
As such, the Department of Traditional Affairs has commenced the process of appointing new Commissioners.
Once the nominations have been received, they will be assessed by a panel and recommendations will be made to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This year takes on a special significance as it marks the centenary celebration of Madiba’s life under the theme: “Be the legacy: Celebrating the birth of a world icon and a life of service”. Guided by the spirit of Thuma Mina, government will not be hosting an official event to celebrate Madiba’s centenary birthday but has declared the 18 July 2018 a National Day of Service to honour Mandela who valued doing something for others to change their lives for the better. Government is asking individuals, groups and corporates to pledge their time in the service of others on 18 July 2018.
Once the suitably qualified and experienced persons are appointed as Commissioners of the CRL Rights Commission they will serve for a period of five years.
On the day South Africans are encouraged to lay flowers and candles at any Nelson Mandela Statue, structure, school or street which bear the Father of our Nations name as a way of remembering our beloved father of the nation.