“The commission has and continues to deal with numerous incidents of hate speech, particularly via social media. The instances of xenophobia, hate speech and violations of the right to equality fly in the face of the constitutional democracy we need to foster, a society based on the foundations of equality, freedom and dignity for all,” the organisation said.
SAHRC has urged all within South Africa to see Heritage Day as an opportunity to unite, instead of using diverse heritages to divide the nation.
“It is incumbent on all of us to build the social cohesion envisioned by our constitution and the dream of our democracy,” it said.
The commission said it recognised that South Africa’s diversity in race, religion culture, language, ethnicity, social origins and other factors, was a treasure for the nation and it said it would be joining all South Africans in celebrating Heritage Day on Tuesday.