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SAHRC concludes racism, social media hearings

16 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has concluded its national hearing on racism and social media in South Africa and says a report will be out in two months.

The two day event was a response to the overwhelming amount of complaints the commission receives that are related to race or racism.
The hearings were chaired by Commissioner Bongani Majola and joined By Commissioners Angie Makwetla and Justice Albie Sachs as part of the panel.

The commission says the majority of complaints it receives are related to racism.

Makwetla says: "South Africa is becoming more racially intolerant and racism is posing a serious threat to social cohesion."  

Head of legal services at the commission, Pandelis Gregoriou says in about two months they will release a report from the hearings which outline their position on how to deal specifically with racism on social media.

The report will include considerations of submissions made to the commission by stakeholders like Facebook, the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education, AfriForum, Nelson Mandela Foundation and others.

Gregoriou says the report will be a guide to other organisations when having to deal with racism , particularly on social media.

Source: SABC

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