On Thursday, 3rd August, the Ministerial Council approved the recommendations contained in the First Report of the Ministerial Committee on the Removal of Discrimination and these recommendations were endorsed by the Executive Council today.
On Thursday, 3rd August, the Ministerial Council approved the recommendations contained in the First Report of the Ministerial Committee on the Removal of Discrimination and these recommendations were endorsed by the Executive Council today. They cover a number of important areas of discrimination and urgent attention is now being given to the remaining areas which will be dealt with in further reports from the Committee. Drafting of the legislation to give effect to these changes will commence immediately. The decisions reached today are as follows:-
All public places, such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, beer-halls, swimming baths, cinemas, theatres, and other public places, will be open to persons of all races, but the owners of managements of such public places will continue to be able to control right of admission, providing that such right is not exercised on the basis of race or colour.
In order to provide sanction against any owner or management who attempts to control admission into a public place on grounds of race or colour, any person who believes that he has been refused admission on such grounds will have a right to take civil action against the owner or management concerned. In addition, where the operation of any premises to which the public has a legitimate right of access is subject to a licence or permit issued by the State or a local authority, such licence or permit will include a condition to the effect that the licensee or permit holder must not regulate admission to such premises purely on grounds of race or colour.
All trading and industrial areas will be open to persons of all races for the conduct of bona fide business activities.
The relevant provisions of the Urban Councils Act and the Rural Councils Act will be amended so as to remove the powers presently held by local authorities to provide separate facilities for different races.
Section 86 of the Constitution provides that an African may not participate in any way in an election for a local authority established in a European Area and likewise a European may not participate in an election for a local authority established in an African Area.
This sector will be repealed, so that any person who otherwise qualifies for the franchise applicable to a local authority election will not be debarred from participating in that election purely on grounds of race.
The Executive Council wishes to make it clear that the removal of racial discrimination is on ongoing exercise which will continue until all discrimination has been removed. it is intended that further decisions in this regard will be announced at regular intervals as each aspect is dealt with.