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17 February 2017

Racist and inflammatory comments on social media against people of Chinese descent will not be tolerated‚ said the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The Chinese Commission in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ laid a complaint with the SAHRC on Friday in connection with comment posted on social media‚ saying they incited violence and harm against Chinese people and their children.
15 February 2017

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission will host a two day National Investigative Hearing on racial discrimination beginning on Wednesday.

Policymakers, researchers and civil society organisations are expected to make submissions.
Feb 16, 2017

Of the cases investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo those of equality based on racial discrimination are in the majority. This is followed by complaints about hate speech.
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.
16 February 2017

JOHANNESBURG – An investigative hearing into racism and social media kicked off in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Wednesday at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC’s) offices.

The SAHRC engaged with key stakeholders, including the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the SA Police Service (SAPS), and Helen Suzman Foundation on their submissions of what measures can be used to punish racial hate speech on the social media platforms.
15 February 2017

Johannesburg - Social media platforms should not be used as a scapegoat for the rise in hate speech online because they only mirror what society already feels, a Facebook representative said on Wednesday.

Blaming social media platforms for this would be unfair, as their main purpose was to encourage freedom of expression, director of public policy for Facebook’s Africa division Ebele Okobi said.
15 February 2017

Former Constitutional Judge Justice Albie Sachs says there is no silver bullet to cure racism on social media.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is hosting a two day national hearing on the scourge.
15 February 2017

Johannesburg - Once the draft Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been finalised and written into law, it will increase the workload of the NPA, the prosecuting authority says.

The NPA will be tasked with prosecuting all the matters. The Director of Public Prosecutions in Pretoria, Sibongile Mzinyathi, was speaking to reporters at the SA Human Rights Commission on Wednesday during a two-day public hearing into racism and social media.
15 February 2017

If you spend any amount of time on social media, chances are you’ve seen somebody being racist.

Sometimes it’s subtle, other times it’s blatant and the incidents blow up like it did for Penny Sparrow, Justin van Vuuren, Chris Hart, Velaphi Khumalo and Matthew Theunissen.
14 February 2017

Recent statistics indicate that the majority of complaints received by the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) relate to infringements on the right to Equality, based on racial discrimination. During the 2015/2016 financial year, the Commission received 505 race-related complaints.  This is indicative of the fact that despite the significant achievements over the past 23 years of democracy, deep inequalities and unfair discrimination remain a serious concern. Click here to download the programme


12 February 2017

A mother has been forced to pull her daughter out of the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Pretoria following allegations of racist insults directed at the girl.

The Gauteng education department has launched a preliminary investigation into the incident after the child was allegedly called a “black b**ch” by a schoolmate.
21 January 2017

River FM 87.6, the campus radio station of the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) is starting the year off on an exciting note by participating in a national human rights campaign.
07 February 2017

Members of The Chinese Association in Gauteng have laid charges against people making xenophobic and racist remarks against Chinese nationals on social media in recent weeks.

"The xenophobia directed at the Chinese community is of great concern, in the face of past tragic xenophobic experiences in our country, directed at other minority communities," the association said in a statement on Tuesday.
06 February 2017

Durban - The FW de Klerk Foundation has made its submissions to the South African Human Rights Commission on racism and social media in South Africa.

The foundations spokesperson, Dr Theuns Eloff, said hearings were scheduled to take place on February 15 and 16, this year.
24 January 2017

While the incident sparked outrage‚ some of them will not be taking any action against the church as they say the problem with hate speech towards the LBGTI community is common and needed a long‚ lasting solution.

Lerato Phalakatshela‚ hate crime manager at the OUT‚ a clinic for the LGBTI community‚ said the organisation has been in talks with the South African Council of Churches and the Department of Justice to find common ground on hate speech.
31 January 2017

Cape Town – Deep concern has been expressed by the Save Somali Community (SSC) alleging that their countrymen are being targeted in Western Cape townships. At least eight Somali shopkeepers have been killed in just over a month. “We feel like we are under attack. Our traders are now fearful to even step outside their shops, and instead remain inside their stores." "We are not sure what the motive is, but it is a big concern for us all,” said Abdi Alas Gure of the SSC. He said it appeared that their “brothers” who owned businesses in the townships were being victimised.
03 February 2017

How long will this licensing office be allowed to continue verbally abusing clients, who will suffer in silence just to keep the peace?

Today I am forced to report some gross racial discrimination at the Port Shepstone licensing office.

On January 26, my wife and I were patiently waiting in a queue of about 35 people at the licensing office, after joining the queue at 9.30am. Initially I calculated that the office was capturing and handling one person every 15 minutes.

From 10.45am, only one person per hour was allowed into the capturing office. We noticed that about 20 candidates who qualified for learners’ licences were treated preferentially in the capturing room.
03 February 2017

Cape Town – Parents of pupils at Uitzig Secondary School, which the Western Cape education department wants to close down, have been urged to seek alternative schools to accommodate their children.

The department said it had sent letters to the parents on Thursday.

On Friday the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited the school and said it was in a "deplorable" condition.

Parents of pupils at 'deplorable' Uitzig high urged to seek alternative schools
02 February 2017

“A single short document of 30 articles”—the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights—“has probably had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history,” said Navi Pillay, then-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in 2008. Half a century ago, in December 1966, the United Nations formally translated the rhetorical promises from that declaration into legally binding obligations with the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Since then, global efforts to monitor and track human rights violations have grown exponentially.

The recently released report by the Health Ombudsman, Malegapuru Makgoba has revealed that at least 94 mental health patients died in Gauteng, after they were transferred from Life Esidimeni Centre.

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