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Human Rights Commission first meeting today

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By Njabulo Dlamini - SWAZI OBSERVER-24-Sep-2009

THE Human Rights Commission and Public Administration will be meeting for the first time today since its appointment early this month.

Its Chairman Reverend David Matse, an attorney at law and former Justice Minister, confirmed the meeting but will not go into details. “Tomorrow (today) we would be meeting as members of the Commission for the first time and look into various aspects of the job at hand. Amongst these is the consideration of a public relations office or spokesperson for the Commission,” he said.

His Majesty King Mswati III appointed the Commission comprising six members on September 4. Their names were announced by Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ndumiso Mamba. Deputy Chairperson of the Commission is prominent Nazarene Church preacher Reverend Grace Masilela.Besides Reverend Matse, there are two attorneys who are members of the Commission in Phumelele Thwala and Sabelo Masuku.

The Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) has welcomed the recent appointment of the Commission. “We have in the past appealed for government to establish this institution in line with the constitution. It is our belief that human rights are God-given and should be defended by the government and entire population.

“We would like to congratulate the individuals who have been appointed commissioners. We pray that they understand they are to serve the population, particularly those who find themselves in fringes of society with diligence and honour. They are, therefore, expected to pursue their mandate without fear or favour,” he said.


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