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CoRMSA speaks on Youth Day 2021 with SABC Channel Africa

Let us bury our national differences and build safe South African societies that are free from xenophobia, violence, hatred and discrimination that also integrates all youths including asylum seekers, migrants and refugees.

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Youth Day- Press release

16 June 2021        

National Youth Day June 2021- Press Release.                                

 “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.”

Johannesburg – 16 June 2021, the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), representing asylum seekers, refugees and migrants communities, joins the rest of South Africans in celebrating the contributions made by the youth of, 1976 under the national theme of “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.” CoRMSA would like to extend the national theme by adding that “Youth Power: Growing South Africa Together In The Period Of Covid-19”.

Emanating from South Africa’s past, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the June 16 1976 student uprising in Soweto. Historically, the young people of 1976 became part of our history as their actions contributed to change towards the socio-political spheres of our nation. CoRMSA acknowledges the positive contributions made by the youths and migrants youth in the various sectors of South African societies.

While the youth of 1976 fought for freedom and the creation of a democratic South Africa, CoRMSA calls upon the youth of today to be change-makers and pursue a unified South African societies free of xenophobia, violence and discrimination influenced by hatred and lack of human rights awareness. A Youth is a Youth, irrespective of their country of origin, ethnicity, race or documentation statuses. CoRMSA would like to urge all citizens and non-nationals to recognise that South Africa is a member of the international community and has signed numerous human rights and migration treaties hence South Africa like any other countries hosts asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

It is with great regrets and uncalled for a situation that we are commemorating and celebrating the 44th Youth Day Anniversary and 25 years of the Constitution which stresses the need to create a society that is “open and democratic”, equality and access to justice under continuous life threats directed to non-nationals in South Africa.  The current hate speech and xenophobic sentiments taking rounds on social media platforms such as Operation Dudula raises a lot of concerns relating to the protection of human rights for all and the abuse of social media platforms and posters to promote hate speech and hate crimes amongst the communities. CoRMSA strongly believes that the Youths of 1976 fought to liberate all of us Not to promote division and injustices amongst “everyone” who lives in South Africa. This kind of behaviour cannot be allowed in our democratic South Africa.

In light of the above, CoRMSA invites today‘s youths’ activism to partake in intercepting the challenges of poverty, unemployment, the fight against the spread of Covid-19, corruption, xenophobia, racial discrimination, crimes against the LGBTQI+, economic and social freedom of South Africa and to refrain, ignore and challenge all uncalled for activities, undemocratic and xenophobic statements that tarnish the much-admired foundation laid by the Youths of 1976.  Henceforth, in celebrating this day, we should also take this as an opportunity to recollect the massive sacrifices made by South African youth in 1976 in struggling against oppression and better opportunities for all and implement programmes that promote the economic opportunities for all the youths including migrant youths.

Furthermore, CoRMSA calls the government of South Africa especially the South African Police Service, South African Human Rights Commission, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Office of the President to strongly condemn all acts of hate speech and hate crimes and to hold those involved accountable to their human rights abuse conduct and actions.  South Africa of today cannot allow the oppression of others by the other.

For more information, contact:

Mr Thifulutheli Sinthumule(Director)

thifulufheli@cormsa.org.za / 011 403 7560/0032/0033

 

Vimbai Mataruse – Communications and Media Officer

communications@cormsa.org.za/  0845323752

 

Muluti Phiri -Advocacy Officer

Advocacy@cormsa.org.za  (0711500113)

 

Child protection week: Protecting all children during covid-19 and beyond

2 June 2021

Child Protection Week – Protecting All Children during Covid-19 and beyond.

Johannesburg – 02 June 2021, the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), representing asylum seekers, refugees and migrants communities, joins the rest of South Africans in commemorating child protection week and raising awareness of the rights of children during the Child Protection Week (30 May – 6 June 2021) under the theme, “Let us protect children during Covid-19 and beyond.” The Department of Social Development who is the custodian of child rights and protection re-affirmed that this is articulated in the Constitution of South Africa and Children’s Act (Act No. 38 of 2005).

The week’s objective is to raise awareness on the need to protect all children including local, unaccompanied, separated, migrant, stateless and undocumented children against both physical and emotional abuse, trafficking, exploitation, neglect and violence. CoRMSA strongly believes that this can be achieved through ensuring that the most vulnerable children especially children in migration including all children as they prone to vulnerability are educated about their rights as well as educating adults, parents, guardians, health care workers, social workers, teachers and other professionals who are responsible for protecting children’s rights as enshrined on section 28 of the South African Constitution.

CoRMSA has also noted that violence against children remains a concern and a fundamental challenge currently facing South African societies and across the continent and globally, despite immense efforts to repress this menace. The outcome of rigorous violence and inequalities which emanated from South Africa’s past is amalgamated by utmost contemporary poverty and unemployment.  As a result, many children are positioned at risk of domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Children are becoming even more vulnerable to these abuses as the crisis of Covid-19 continues. Furthermore, although South Africa is a major destination for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, these children face discrimination and are repeatedly denied access to basic services such as education, health care and social security benefits especially in this Covid-19 pandemic. The rapid growth of discrimination and violation of children’s rights in South Africa deeply worries CoRMSA, just like other concerned stakeholders.

Therefore, CoRMSA reminds all South Africans and all citizens across the world that children in South Africa live in a society with a comprehensive Constitution that highly regards the rights, equality and dignity of all children who live in South Africa regardless of their documentation status, nationality or ethnicity. CoRMSA also re-affirms that protecting children from violence, exploitation, discrimination and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation explicitly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.

CoRMSA is working diligently towards creating South African societies free from child discrimination, violence, abuse and negligence. Collaboratively, it is working effortlessly with other concerned partners and stakeholders to combat such occurrences. In protecting children from all these social ills, CoRMSA focuses on raising awareness through advocacy, lobbying, intervention, policy submissions and knowledge sharing.

Having pledged to fight for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrant children, CoRMSA acknowledges all the plight of all concerned children and is committed to promote and protect their rights regionally and globally. Henceforth, it remains devoted to creating South African communities in the region and in the globe where equality, human dignity, love, and children’s rights prevail and where national differences and documentation status are not instrumental to the differentiation of one another.

Henceforth, in surpassing such children’s predicament, CoRMSA encourages all South Africans to support Child Protection Week and to ensure that a safe and inclusive environment is created for every child.  Particularly, it calls upon the South African government to take full responsibility in protecting the human rights of all children who live in South Africa in a way that promotes and protects their safety and well-being.

For more information, contact:

 

Mr Thifulutheli Sinthumule (Director)

thifulufheli@cormsa.org.za

011 403 7560/0032/0033

 

Vimbai Mataruse – Communications and Media Officer

communications@cormsa.org.za

011 403 7560/0845323752

or

 

Muluti Phiri – Advocacy@cormsa.org.za  (0711500113)

CoRMSA joins the rest of the African Continent in celebrating Africa Day

     

25 May 2021

                                           Press release

CoRMSA joins the rest of the African continent in celebrating Africa Day

Johannesburg – May 25 2021, the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), on behalf of the asylum seekers, refugees and migrants’ communities, joins the rest of African continent in celebrating and observing this important day, “Africa Day.” The annual commemoration marks the 58th anniversary of the founding of the organisation of African Unity(OAU), now African Union (AU), on the 25th of May 1963. The Continental theme for the year 2021 is “Arts, Culture and Heritage – Levers for building the Africa we want.” Here in South Africa, the theme for 2021 is “The year of Arts, Culture and Heritage: in the year of Charlotte Maxeke.” CoRMSA recognises and acknowledges the two Africa Day themes.

CoRMSA congratulates Africa on its birthday and wishes it a political and economic stability going forward to reduce the number of both forced and voluntary migrants. CoRMSA also believes that a unifying and solidarity call is imperative to all African states in order to build the Africa we all want as Africans. The Africa that unifies and uplifts people of African descent, regardless of one’s nationality, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic group and documentation status. This include a central attention to the recognition of human rights (African Charter on Human and People’s rights) and other international conventions and agreements relating to refugees and movement of people within the continent and across the globe which are predominant in establishing and maintaining the spirit and principles of Pan-Africanism as enshrined in the AU’s and Regional human rights protection systems. As we mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution by Parliament during this month of May 2021, CoRMSA is appreciative of the fact that the Constitution has provided a solid foundation for our democracy and human rights protection for all in the post apartheid regime.

Like the rest of the continent, CoRMSA encourages South Africa to take Africa Day as an opportunity to promote African unity, reflect and address all social ills relating to migration, intensive regional integration, and recommit Africa to a common destiny and goals. Despite the vigorous attempts to promote a unified continent where one is not designated by country of origin or documentation status, these endeavours are undermined by the recurring conflicts within communities such as xenophobic attacks, violence, discrimination and exclusion in access to health care services, education and social security benefits, especially in this Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in the disintegration of the Africans in the African continent.

Having taken its stand to fight for the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, CoRMSA acknowledges all the grievances of all concerned communities and is committed to promote and protect their rights across the regions and in Africa. Henceforth, it strives to create a community and a continent prevalent of unity, love and tolerance where national differences and documentation status are not used as tools to alienate one another.

In transcending such differences, CoRMSA calls upon all African state governments to take full responsibilities in protecting the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in a way that promotes the well-being of everyone in their diversity and advances solidarity, unity, cohesion and cooperation among Africans.

For more information, contact:

Mr Thifulutheli Sinthumule (Director)

thifulufheli@cormsa.org.za

011 403 7560/0032/0033

 

Vimbai Mataruse

Communications and Media Officer

011 403 7560/0032/0033

communications@cormsa.org.za