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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

10 April 2017

Bronwyn Davids

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to review why children born in South Africa to foreign parents are not automatically awarded citizenship by the Department of Home Affairs.
09 April 2017

Tens of thousands of South Africans took to the streets nationwide on Friday, calling on embattled President Jacob Zuma to resign. The African National Congress (ANC) party has rejected calls for him to quit.he main protest marches took place in six major towns: Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Durban.
7 April 2017

BE AWARE of criminal elements planning to disrupt protests today and take note of road closures in and around Durban.

Buses are blocking Umgeni Road, Cannaught bridge, the M4 at Blue Lagoon and the N3 Spaghetti Junction.
Wilson-Raybould also held meetings with South Africa’s justice minister, justices of the constitutional court and chief human rights commissioners.

01 April 2017

OTTAWA—Canada’s justice minister is wrapping up a visit to South Africa, where she met with Desmond Tutu, the activist and former bishop best known around the world for standing in opposition to apartheid.

During their meeting, Tutu reflected on the challenge Canada faces in reconciling with its own indigenous peoples, and how it will be up to young people to drive the change, Jody Wilson-Raybould said Friday in an interview.
5 April 2017

“Judges should keep away from the media space. They should speak through their judgments.”

This was one of the statements made by Judge Boissie Mbha during his interview before the Judicial Service Commission on Tuesday for a seat on the Constitutional Court bench. 
04 April 2017

Johannesburg – South Africa’s credit ratings downgrade must not reflect how South Africans feel about themselves, Judge Jody Kollapen said on Tuesday.

“I don’t think that our credit rating as junk status must reflect how we feel about who we are, as citizens of this country. I don’t feel like a junk person, I feel like a proud South African,” he said during interviews at the JSC for a position at the Constitutional Court.
31 March 2017

 The announcement followed the outcomes of a meeting held recently between provincial departments and the SAHRC.

The Western Cape Departments of Human Settlements and Social Development, together with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) had on Thursday announced a commitment to their plans to improve human rights for people with disabilities and special needs, at a media briefing held in Cape Town.

The South African Human Rights Commission convened a multi-sectoral stakeholder’s conference on racism from 14 - 15 March 2016 in Midrand, Johannesburg. Stakeholders declared to work with the Commission to foster a united, equal society free of racial  discrimination. Click here for the Midrand Declaration against Racism.

The department has to pay personal compensation to Nare Mphela, a transgender woman from Moletji following discrimination against her.
March 28, 2017

POLOKWANE – The Limpopo Department of Education was recently ordered by the Seshego Equality Court to pay R60 000 in personal compensation to Nare Mphela, a transgender woman from Moletjie, Ga-Matlala.
29 March 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to collaborate with the Free State Provincial Government to ensure that the government is more responsive and accounting to complaints of human rights violation.
29 March 2017

Bloemfontein - The right to water and proper sanitation are the most violated human rights in the Free State.

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Provincial Senior Legal Office, Shirley Mlomb, says it’s concerning that the province and the country at large is still crippled with issues pertaining to poor service delivery.
28 Mar 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is going to intensify measures in dealing with the increasing number of evictions, more particularly farm evictions in the Free State.
27 March 2017

Were you ever told by your parents that ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’?

In recent months, the South African slang word makwerekwere has become a powerful example of how words can, indeed, be very hurtful. For those caught up in its reach, it can attract deadly consequences. In its narrowest form, it serves as a pejorative description of black African migrants to South Africa. The targeting of migrant black Africans does not distinguish between those who might be refugees and asylum seekers, and those who could have arrived as legal or illegal immigrants. Sometimes other minority groups, such as migrant Bangladeshis, have been caught up in its violent grip. It is a blunderbuss of a word.
27 March 2017

South Africa's experience with reconciliation has made it a stronger and more prosperous nation. South Africa's experience can provide valuable lessons for Canada as we continue on our own path to reconciliation with our Indigenous Peoples.
25 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has called for better protection and implementation of children’s rights.
25 March 2017

Pretoria — Government has condemned the resurgence of racist posts on Twitter and Facebook, which its says undermine the gains made towards social cohesion, nation building and strengthening democracy.

The Acting Director General of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko, said this malicious and offensive content erodes the values of the country's Constitution and incites social tensions in communities.
22 March 2017

The Human Rights Commission's Gail Smith says the country has come a long way and people are now more aware of their rights.

JOHANNESBURG – As South Africa marks 57 years since the Sharpeville Massacre, the Human Rights Commission says it's encouraged that citizens are becoming increasingly aware of their rights.
22 march 2017

Jackie CarrollBy: Jackie Carroll

Education is a fundamental human right and the foundation upon which other rights are built on. Without education, an individual cannot realise their full potential. Basic education is one of the focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in order to fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of all human rights in South Africa effectively.
21 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Bongani Majola, says young people should honor Human Rights Day and continue to fight for access to education as part of their Human Rights.
March 21, 2017, By Jacaranda FM News

South Africa commemorates the Sharpeville massacre today, when police shot and killed 69 people during a protest against the apartheid government's pass laws.
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