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Transforming Society

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15 March 2017

Cape Town - A Grade 1 pupil is waiting to be old enough to date the gangster that killed her "mommy" so she can kill him with poison.

A 17-year-old in juvenile prison dreams not of rushing to his mother when he gets out, but of killing someone first to make things right.
14 March 2017

Former journalist and ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane's absence from his hate speech court case indicates delinquency and disrespect for the Constitution.

This was among the submissions made by the South African Human Rights Commission when it made closing arguments in the matter on Tuesday at the High Court in Johannesburg.
14 March 2017

In an article published last year, struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada said that “the fight for non-racialism, equity and equality is not short-term work, but generational work. It requires united effort, and a lifetime of commitment…”
14 March 2017

The intention behind former Uganda ambassador Jon Qwelane's 2008 newspaper column‚ said to amount to hate speech‚ is irrelevant – what matters is meaning.

This was among the submissions made by the South African Human Rights Commission when it made closing arguments in Qwelane's hate speech matter on Tuesday at the High Court in Johannesburg.
14 March 2017

Johannesburg – The promotion of hate speech was evident in South Africa's former ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane's 2008 column, the High Court in Johannesburg heard on Tuesday.
LAUNCH OF THE FREE STATE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TRANSFORMATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION - PERSPECTIVE OF THE SAHRC

PRESENTATION BY: CHAIRPERSON MAJOLA

I would like to warmly welcome everyone here today to the launch of the Free State Centre for Human Rights an institution which aims to assist, by means of appropriate research initiatives, in the cultivation of a human rights-oriented institutional culture at the UFS. I personally believe that this is a great step towards achieving the transformation in the University.
13 March 2017

The Seshego Equality Court in Limpopo has ruled that a high school principal has violated the rights of a transgender pupil.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) lodged the complaint with the court in November after the pupil complained of unfair discrimination and harassment.
13 March 2017

The Seshego Equality Court in Limpopo has ruled that a high school principal has violated the rights of a transgender pupil.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) lodged the complaint with the court in November after the pupil complained of unfair discrimination and harassment.
10 March 2017

Polokwane – The Equality Court has ruled in favour of a transgender pupil who complained of unfair discrimination and harassment at the hands of her principal.

The judgment was handed down in the Seshego Equality Court on Friday morning, South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) spokesperson Gail Smith said.
8 March 2017

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has agreed to a DA request to investigate the Eastern Cape Department of Education for allegedly failing to deliver top-up textbooks to schools.
05 March 2017

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) says it has lodged an official complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against the mayor of Johannesburg‚ Herman Mashaba‚ over alleged hate speech and incitement of violence.
6 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)says the complaints over an article written by controversial journalist and former high commissioner to Uganda, Jon Qwelane, were the highest it has ever received. Qwelane wrote the article titled, "Call me names, gay is not okay" in 2008.
04 March 2017

The matter of the continuous opposition of the building of a masjid in Knysna by the non-Muslim community in the town will now be dealt with in the Western Cape High court.

While the Knysna Municipality has pledged its full support behind the building of the masjid by the Knysna Muslim Council (KMC) a group of local home owners and concerned citizens have objected to the project.
03 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it had requested an urgent meeting with Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini to discuss the lack of clarity on the payment of social grants.
3 March 2017

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has approached the Constitutional Court over what is calls the SASSA crisis. DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the party has filed papers in the Constitutional Court on Friday.

He says the DA wants to be joined as an applicant in the SASSA matter currently before the court.
Pretoria – South Africa will commemorate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2017, in Ginsberg, King William’s Town, in the Eastern Cape.   

Themed “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”, the day will be used to raise awareness and promote respect for basic human rights.
01 March 2017

The Human Rights Commission says communities should refrain from taking the law into their own hands to become criminals themselves.

An ultimatum issued to South Africans in Nigeria – leave within 48 hours or die – expired on Tuesday.
21 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is deeply concerned by reports of escalating violence aimed at foreign nationals in Gauteng.

This comes after several houses were destroyed in Rosettenville, Johannesburg and shops were looted in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.
21 February 2017

South African continues to be characterised by deep and growing inequalities‚ says the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The human rights watchdog was presenting its Human Rights Budget Speech in Johannesburg‚ which was delivered by Daniel McLaren‚ senior researcher at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII).
21 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has voiced its "strong condemnation" for acts of violence directed at foreign nationals.

Commenting on community violence in Pretoria West over the weekend and on Monday and in Rosettenville‚ Johannesburg‚ in the preceding week‚ the commission said in a statement: "We understand that the police are still investigating the facts relating to the two incidents and would wait until the investigation yields more information. The Commission is against and condemns any violent attacks on persons on the basis that they are foreign nationals and any destruction of property as both violate human rights of people‚ despite the reason."
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