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The SA Human Rights Commission has ordered the spokesperson for a Free State local municipality to apologise unconditionally to white South Africans after he posted an offensive picture on Facebook.

Steve Naale, spokesperson for the Ngwathe local municipality in Parys, posted the iconic photograph depicting the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abraham Smith by the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana in the US in 1930 on the Facebook group page, “Ngwathe Online”. A caption accompanying the picture read: “Unless we want this under a white man’s rule, AGAIN.”
29 July 2016

It would be difficult to ban a controversial pastor, who called gay people “paedophiles”, from South Africa because he had not been convicted of a crime, the home affairs department said today.
26 July 2016

The South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC) wants to know more about why Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba can’t turn away a homophobic pastor who is headed to South Africa in September.
20 July 2016

In an attempt to propose solutions on how to police racism and understand the limitations of freedom of expression in South Africa’s democracy, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in partnership with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Canadian embassy hosted a seminar with prominent panellists to discuss issues of racism, censorship and freedom of expression in South Africa’s landscape.

IF YOU suspect 2016 is fast becoming the year of the social media clap-back against racism in SA, you are not mistaken. I was taken aback earlier this week by a statistic from the South African Human Rights Commission. Apparently, the proportion of complaints about racist speech on online platforms and social media that the commission deals with on an annual basis rose sharply from 2% to 22% in the past two financial years.
Neo Goba | 19 July, 2016 17:27

South Africa’s Apartheid regime is remembered as one of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century and press council executive director Joe Thloloe believes it is to blame for the existence of racism in our country today.
Minister Malusi Gigaba Meets With SAHRC, LGBTI Representatives to Discuss U.S. Pastor's Visit to SA

18 July 2016

press release

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will on Monday, 18 July 2016, meet with the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC),
Politics / 17 Jul '16, 4:47pm
ANA Reporter

Johannesburg - South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairman Lawrence Mushwana has asked International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for a meeting to discuss South Africa’s stance on two important international issues.
Exit from ICC will not bode well for rule of law‚ Mushwana tells Nkoana-Mashabane
Ernest Mabuza | 17 July, 2016 14:52

This view is contained in a letter written by South African Human Rights Commission chairman Lawrence Mushwana to International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
In the letter‚ Mushwana raised concerns about some positions taken by the country and also requested a meeting to discuss these issues. One of the two issues he dealt with was South Africa’s seemingly waning commitment to the Rome Statute signed by SA in 1998.

Pretoria - The Department of Home Affairs has expressed support for the online petition meant to stop American anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson from coming to South Africa.
13 July 2016

Free State education department to appeal 'racist' principal's reinstatement

Bloemfontein – The Free State education department will appeal a ruling that a principal declared unfit to work with children be reinstated.
Whites owed apology over Facebook post – SAHRC

The spokesperson of the Ngwathe Municipality in the Free State should post an unconditional apology to all white South Africans on Facebook, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has recommended. A Volksblad report notes that Steve Naale posted a picture on the municipality’s official Facebook page of two men hanged by the notorious Ku Klux Klan in the US. He wrote: ‘Unless we want it under a white man’s government again.

The Democratic Alliance has handed over a dossier to the to the South Africa Human Rights Commission containing what it claims is “racist and derogatory” comments made by Truman Prince, Beaufort West Mayor.

13 July 2016

It has been over two weeks since four-year-old, Maneliswa Ntombela, a child with albinism, was abducted while he played with his cousin near his Esikhawini home in Richards Bay. According to media reports,  the cousin told her mother, Qhaphi Ntombela, that two men who appeared to know Maneliswa’s name had abducted him.
08 July 2016

Debt collectors have been exploiting involuntary and uninformed agreements with debtors

The National Assembly is considering an amendment bill to the Magistrates' Court Act 32 of 1944 to curb predatory wage garnishment orders. Officially known as emolument attachment orders (EAO's), these are court orders that require employers to deduct payments from the salary of an employee to service debts.
06 July 2016

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is preparing to take Velaphi Khumalo to court for alleged hate speech after his Facebook post earlier this year calling for the country to be cleansed of white people.
06 July 2016

South Africans are becoming both more aware of their rights and more willing to speak out against racism and inequality. The SA Human Rights Commission dealt with and finalised 505 complaints on racism in the 2015-20 16 financial year - an 82% increase from the previous financial year.
05 July 2016

In a vote that surprised many, the South African delegation to the United Nations abstained on a key vote in the UN Human Rights Council to appoint an independent watchdog on sexual orientation. The resolution passed with 23 votes for, 18 against, and 6 abstentions.
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