NEWS UPDATE:

(1) CONSTITUTIONAL COURT.
WE (PARC) invite any constitutional court advocate, willing to take our case to the constitutional court, to please make contact with us immediately (info@parcsa.co.za).
 
The GOAL of our Court Order:
To instruct that the gathering and compilation of race statistics, and the provision on
government or private forms to facilitate the indication of such criteria, be henceforth
disallowed, be juridically and summarily discontinued.
 

(2) HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION'S REPLY.
PARC registered a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on the
6th May 2011. The HRC responded on 15 July 2011 by rejecting our complaint. We complained about the fact that the government currently uses UNCONSTITUTIONAL RACE CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA on its Z83 application forms for state jobs, as well as on all other forms that require such information. And that, in the absence of the Population Registration Act of 1950, no law currently exists as to how a determination should be made regarding the race of any particular individual. The HRC's response was not in our favour and they could only comment on what they thought the law currently implies regarding “correcting apartheid inequalities”. The HRC also failed, or refused to answer, our question: re: The criteria the government uses to determine a person’s racial lineage.
 
We appealed the rejection of the complaint by the Chairperson of the HRC, at Head Office in Johannesburg on the 13th August 2011. The HRC replied on the
9th September 2011. Something that we found absurd in the Chairperson's Report
was the term "fair discrimination". Since when is discrimination fair? The whole report lacked clarity and logic. The main question was again left unanswered!
 
What needs to be understood about the Human Rights Commission is that it has no power to remedy the current hiatus (gap) or flaws in the constitution. Only the Constitutional Court of SA can amend laws! The sad part is their failing to admit this gap, and because of this, that people’s human rights are being violated!
 
What strange masochism drives the Commission, that it chooses so publicly to discomfort itself? Perched precariously; inelegantly; conspicuously; atop a torturous barbed wire fence!
 
You can download all the letters and the full response from the Human Rights Commission, from our Downloads page /(nr.7). Study their response and see if it makes "fair" sense to you.
 
WE, PARC, REJECT THE VERDICT OF THE SAHRC. WE WILL APPROACH THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA TO PRONOUNCE UPON OUR REQUEST DEMAND THAT ALL LEGISLATION PERTAINING TO RACE CLASSIFICATION BE SCRAPPED.
 

(3) EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WESTERN CAPE.
The Western Cape Ministry responded by fax on the 15th July 2011. They said that our problem (racial classification of learners on their databases) will be discussed at national level with a view to a suitable solution.
 
 

(4) UNIVERSITY’S RACE ADMISSION POLICIES.
We encourage ALL prospective students who want to study at a tertiary institution to
select the “Black African” option on their application forms. The University of Cape Town has been informed by PARC that, as part of our campaign, applicants (for admission to degree courses) are being encouraged to fill in “Black African” on their application forms. Anyone is welcome to immediately contact us regarding hassles with the university in this regard.
 
There are three fundamental arguments against the use of race in the admission policy by the University of Cape Town:
 
(1) The first is that racial categorisation undermines our national commitment to nonracialism. It forces us, and especially youngsters born at the time of the first
democratic elections, to view the world, themselves and others in terms of racial
categories.
 
(2) The second argument against race as a basis for affirmative action is that it may
include "black" or "coloured" students who are certainly not disadvantaged, may come from wealthier homes than most "whites" and may have had the benefits of
12 years of private-school education. This then unfairly disadvatages a hard-working, and perhaps less well-off, "white" student in favour of a "black" or "coloured" student who has achieved lower marks, solely because the latter is black.
 
(3) The third argument is that no legal law excist to determine a person's race because the Population Registration Act of 1950 was scrapped in 1991. How is the University going to determine "legally" who belongs to what race group, since an increasing amount of "non-black" students are ticking the "Black African" block to challenge the University's admission policy in this regard and also to benefit from the lower admission criteria.
 
 

(5) MEDIA COVERAGE:
Newspapers:
Rapport – 8 May 2011. Oudtshoorn Courant – 13 May 2011.
KaapRapport – 10, 17, 24 July 2011.
Various advertisements in regional papers.
Rapport - 9 October 2011.
Oudtshoorn Courant - 28 October 2011.
 
Die Hoorn  - 23 August 2012.
Die Hoorn  - 30 August 2012.
Oudtshoorn Courant - 7 September 2012
City Press  - 28 October 2012 
Die Hoorn  - 8 November 2012
Oudtshoorn Courant - 9 November 2012
 
Die Hoorn - 11 April 2013
Die Hoorn - 30 May 2013
Die Herrie - 5 September 2013: Stats and Chinese posters published
 
Die Hoorn - 5 June 2014
Oudtshoorn Courant - 6 June 2014
George Herold - 12 June 2014
 
Radio interviews:
EdenFM: The hot seat - 5 October 2011.
RSG: Praat Saam - 1 November 2011.
EdenFM: Interview and PARC Song played - 4 January 2012
SAFM: Afternoon talk: Race classification - 29 October 2012
 
Television: 
eNews interview: Sunday, 7 August 2011. 18h45: eTv (ch133),
19h10 eNews (ch403), 19h00 and 23h50: KykNet (ch111),
7h15: Monday, 8 August 2011, Morning Live SABC 2.


(6) CENSUS 2011 OCTOBER 10 to 31.
PARC has informed Statistics South Africa of their agenda during the coming National Census. The Western Cape Census Office agrees with us that in so far as race is concerned, it is the right of individuals to classify themselves however they wish. Census data will be rendered inaccurate and worthless, causing the government to waste 2 Billion Rands of taxpayers’ money! Our message to the government is: Equality and Fairness for every South African citizen. Race classification information unnecessary!


(7) ADDRESSING INEQUALITIES BROUGHT ABOUT BY APARTHEID.
Almost everyone we spoke to agreed with the vision of PARC. The problem that still worries a lot of people is, what is the solution to the inequalities left as a result of apartheid. PARC admits that intervention is still necessary to help “historically disadvantaged” people. But we also need to be conscious that over the last 17 years we have moved into a “new” South Africa.  Currently, not all “Black”, “Coloured” or “Indian” people are poor! Many have “sorted themselves out” in these last few years. “White” poverty, lamentably, is increasing.
Self - inflicted poverty needs to be acknowledged (teenage pregnancies, alcohol and drug abuse, laziness, theft, crime, family planning shortcomings, various other negative social “deviations”, etc.). We believe the focus should be on jobs for everyone, equal and quality service delivery for everyone, and overall poverty elimination.


(8) THE IDENTITY OF SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS.
From now on, should all be regarded as South African citizens, and South African citizens only! In the unifying national identity framework proposed by PARC, the designations “Black”, “Coloured”, “Bruinmens”, “White” and “Indian” do not exist. Many people are buying into this vision. We hope that, “One day people will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character” (Martin Luther King). This is our dream!