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South African judges address charges of racism, sexism in court system

[JURIST] A committee of three prominent South African judges published a report [PDF text] Friday calling for voluntary diversity training and the founding of a national body to hear disputes over allegations of racism within the South African judicial system. The committee was formed last April in response to allegations made by the Chief Judge of Capetown accusing white judges in the former apartheid state of insulting black members of the judiciary and excluding them from social functions. The report declares that "because of our history, racism and sexism are attitudes engraved in our society. The judiciary is part of that society...we are determined to confront and deal with issues of racism and sexism that are brought to our attention." Legislative action on the report's recommendations - in particular the creation of a national oversight body - could be taken within the next year. AP has more.

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