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20 April 2017

Civil claims totalling more than R14-billion rand – mainly for alleged human rights violations - were received by the police ministry in the last financial year.

This was revealed on Thursday by the chairperson of the portfolio committee on police‚ Frans Beukman in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ during a dialogue on police and human rights hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum.
20 April 2017

Johannesburg – The escalation of the amount of civil claims against the SAPS over the past two financial years is of concern, Parliament’s police portfolio committee chairperson said on Thursday.
19 April 2017

Kimberley - The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape province says it will consult the office of the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission following alleged unfair ward committee elections that took place in Roodepan.

The DA Provincial Leader, Andrew Louw, says the municipality failed to ensure that the ward committee elections for Ward 1 were free and fair. He says last night community members were influenced to vote for names that were on a predetermined list of ward candidates who had been handpicked by the ANC. Louw says they are calling to the speaker of the municipality to launc.

Source: OFM
19 April 2017

Momberg’s trial was postponed several times after she axed her previous lawyer.

A date has been set for estate agent Vicky Momberg to finally take the stand next month after the case of crimen injuria against her was postponed by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.
17 April 2017

Foreign and local currency bonds were downgraded to the "junk" level, following a similar move from the S&P rating agency earlier this week.

"I am marching to get the ANC to take us seriously and respect our wishes by letting the president go", said one of the protestors to Reuters.
13 April 2017

Human rights commissioner in Port Elizabeth to look at embattled facilities

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Chris Nissen was in Port Elizabeth this week to inspect frail care facilities – as the saga around moving 239 patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to facilities run by non-government organisations continues.
17 April 2017

Media24 has launched an investigation following its publication of the controversial blog “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” on Huffington Post South Africa.

The blog was posted on April 13 but removed from the publication's website on April 15‚ after it could not “confirm the veracity of the source”‚ a Media24 statement said.
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.
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