Media notice: International Conference on Minority Rights

Wouter Wessels

A panel of international experts and prominent South African academics will be participating in a conference on minority rights which the Freedom Front Plus will be hosting on Thursday (21 November 2013) in cooperation with the Unrepresented Peoples Organisation (UNPO) at Parliament in Cape Town.

Speakers will include representatives from the Khoisan, Brown, Barotse and Rehoboth Basters communities.


DATE              :                       21 November 2013


TIME               :                       10:00


VENUE           :                       Old Assembly, Parliament. Cape Town




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                        CONFERENCE ON MINORITY RIGHTS


Hosted by the FF Plus in cooperation with UNPO


“Minority Rights – International and South African Constitutional Perspectives”


21 November 2013


9:30 – 10:15                          Arrival and registration


Program Director: Dr. Pieter Groenewald, MP


 10:30                                      Opening and welcome


10:40                                      Introduction to group rights and self-determination – Dr. Pieter   

                                                Mulder, MP: National Leader of the FF Plus


11:10                                      Types of accommodation of population diversity – Prof. Deon     

                                                Geldenhuys: Professor in Political Studies, University of                                    



11:40                                      The rights of indigenous groups on the United Nations’ level –  

                                                Dr. Danny Titus: Advisor of the United Nations on Indigenous              

                                                Peoples and part-time Commissioner at the SA Human Rights                        



12:10                                      Panel discussion


12:30                                      Khoisan perspective – Mr. Zenzile Khoisan: Editor of First Nation    



Rehoboth Basters perspective – Mr. Jeroen Zandberg:                    Representative


Barotse perspective – Prof. Sitwala Imenda: Representative


Brown perspective - Mr. Peter Marais: Vice President:                                    

Brown Empowerment Movement


13:00 – 14:00                                   LUNCH


Program Director: Cllr. André Fourie


14:00                                      The functioning and objectives of UNPO – Mr. Marino                     

                                                Busdachin: UNPO Secretary-General


14:20                                      Minorities: An uncomfortable reality of South Africa – Mr.             

                                                Pieter Vorster; Chairperson of the Afrikanerbond


14:40                                      Constitutional provisions for community rights in South Africa  

                                                – Dr. Christo Landman: Former Section 185 Commissioner


15:00                                      Panel discussion


15:20                                      TEA


15:40                                      Coalitions and minorities – Mr. Mosiuoa Lekota, MP: President of   

                                                COPE – To be confirmed


16:00                                      CLOSING - Conclusion – Dr. Corné Mulder, MP: Chief Whip of          

                                                the FF Plus