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Parliament, Saturday, 21 November 2015 - The Office of the Speaker of the National Assembly condemns the reported death threats directed at the Chairperson of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL), Ms Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva.


Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli appeals to all relevant parties to refrain from using scare tactics, which have seemingly been adopted by those who wish to derange the investigation launched by the CRL Commission into the commercialisation of religion, will not be assisting the process.


"In any difficulty any participant may have, no problem is too big not be resolved by talking," says Tsenoli.


"It is important that all parties afford each other the respect and mutual tolerance to ensure the commission conducts the work it is mandated to perform. All parties must work together to conclude the process in a safe and dignified manner, as guided by our Constitution," says Tsenoli.


Mr Tsenoli appeals for calm, restraint and mutual respect between the CRL Commission and all religious groupings that have been requested to appear before the commission. 


The CRL Rights Commission is an independent institution established according to Chapter 9 of the Constitution, to promote and protect the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.


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