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16 December 2016

A report looking into children’s rights in South Africa has revealed that a black child is almost five times more likely than a white child to die before his or her fifth birthday.
15 December 2016

In a desperate move to have rogue teachers removed from a troubled Eastern Cape primary school, disgruntled parents have requested help from the South African Human Rights Commission.
08 December 2016

They included former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, former chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission Bongani Khumalo, former South African Human Rights Commission head Lawrence Mushwana, and the outgoing chair of the Commission for Gender Equality, Mfanozelwe Shozi.
The poorly planned and executed relocation of mental health patients,causing the deaths of at least 37 people, has led to four United Nations (UN) human rights experts calling on the South African authorities to establish a clear and sustainable deinstitutionalisation policy and plan of action to avoid another tragedy.
16 November 2016


CAPE TOWN – The National Assembly on Tuesday approved the nomination of Bongani Majola as chairman of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) as well as six commissioners for appointment by President Jacob Zuma.
18 November 2016

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will assess if it is to lay action in the incident of two men who allegedly shoved a man into a coffin in Middelburg, Mpumalanga – sparking racial discriminatory outrage.
17 November 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission says it is considering taking two men involved in the so-called ‘coffin assault’ to the Equality Court.
7 December 2016

Johannesburg - Just south of Krugersdorp, the Lancaster Dam collects polluted runoff from the surrounding Mintails Mining South Africa operations.
21 November 2016

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed that it has received a complaint into the alleged racism and discrimination at a hostel at Wynberg Girls' High School.
16 November 2016

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says it’s considering taking two men implicated in the so-called coffin assault to the Equality Court.
16 November 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has taken a Limpopo school to the Seshego Equality Court over its treatment of a transgender learner.
15 Nov 2016

Koffiefontein - The South African Human Rights Commission’s Free State provincial office has embarked on a three-day site visit to rural and farming communities in the Xhariep district.
15 November 2016

SAHRC communications coordinator Gushwell Brooks confirmed the complaints had been received.

Political parties and several individuals are terrified that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is capable of calling for the slaughter of white people in the near future and have lodged a complaint against him with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

04 November 2016

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is taking government sports promoter Velaphi Khumalo to the Equality Court on a hate speech charge.

He said in a Facebook post in January that whites should suffer the same fate as Jews under the Nazi regime.

On 13 October, a complaint was lodged with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) detailing several issues surrounding racism and inequality at UP. The complaint was lodged against UP, as well as “certain actions” of civil rights organisation group Afriforum, by Quraysha Ismail Sooliman, a PhD candidate at UP’s Faculty of Law. SAHRC’s spokesperson Gail Smith confirmed that it had received a complaint against UP, although no further details had been given. “The matter is at the assessment stage and we are unable to comment further at this time,” added Smith.

21 October 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched an investigation into the eviction of Mangaung residents near phase seven. According to the SAHRC’s legal officer, Kelly-Anne Cleophas, this comes after the Mangaung Metro Municipality obtained an eviction order to evict residents.

21 October 2016

BLOEMFONTEIN – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) aims to promote the culture of human rights in the Free State province and the country in general. The SAHRC provincial manager, Buang Jones, revealed this in a presentation at a media networking session at the provincial offices in Bloemfontein on Wednesday 19 October.  Jones highlighted that the most prevalent forms of human rights violations are police brutality cases in the Free State and in South Africa in general such as the killing of Adries Tatane in Ficksburg in 2011, the Marikana shootings in 2012 as well as several cases of students falling victim during the #FeesMustFall movement from 2015 to date.

20 October 2016

The South African Human Rights commission has undertaken to intensify relations with gender based organisations. Speaking about the state of human rights in the Free State, the Provincial Manager, Buang Jones, says victimisation of gays, lesbians, bisexual , and transgender people has come to their attention and the commission will soon be working with various government departments and NGO to promote the rights of the LGBTI community.

15 October 2016

A MATRIC pupil at Melkbosstrand High School has allegedly been banned from writing his final exams at school because he braided dreadlocks into his hair.

In addition, the principal allegedly tried to prevent Jaden Erasmus, who lives in Atlantis, from attending his matric ball at the end of last term. He was also told he could no longer act as master of ceremonies at the school’s talent show.

02 October 2016

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will probe allegations that North West police are colluding with the Bapo-Ba-Mogale Tribal Authority to stifle Bapong villagers opposed to Lonmin's R664-million equity deal.

The commission will investigate more than 20 cases opened by a group of community members who are against the controversial 2014 deal signed between the company and tribal authority.

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