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Jul 20, 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is encouraged that the Thabazimbi Equality Court has reconfirmed that the use of the k-word as a racial epithet, is unlawful and that those who continue to use it will be held to account.
The commission released a statement on Tuesday highlighting the outcomes of a case heard in the Equality Court last year where an African man was called the ‘k-word’.
11 July 2017

Racism and anti-Semitism are a tort against the Constitution itself and against the democratic state as a whole

Judgment was handed down in the Equality Court last week, unequivocally upholding a South African Human Rights Commission ruling that Cosatu international relations spokesman Bongani Masuku had been guilty of anti-Semitic hate speech, for which he must apologise to the Jewish community.
10 July 2017


The DA – set to do oversight visits at Addington and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospitals on Monday – were denied access to the medical facilities.

The team led by Patricia Kopane, the national DA spokesperson for health, and Dr Imran Keeka, the DA KZN's health spokesperson, were barred by hospital officials from entering Addington Hospital on Monday morning.
10 July 2017


Durban – Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister for health, Patricia Kopane, is expected to visit Addington and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospitals, accused of failing to adequately treat cancer patients, in Durban on Monday.
08 July 2017

The DA is hoping an investigation into PR firm Bell Pottinger will provide it with enough ammunition to seek legal action against individuals in South Africa.

DA spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme said: "Based on the outcome of the PR and Communications Association (PRCA) investigation and what it says, we could take action domestically.
09 July 2017

Parents of pupils at Mapani Primary School in Makushu village expressed displeasure in the way the Limpopo Department of Education had ignored their pleas for the department to build new toilets and classrooms for the school.
Conditions haven’t improved at the Wattville Hostel.

08 July 2017

he DA Benoni/Daveyton Constituency Head and Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL), Michele Clarke, conducted another visit to the Wattville Hostel in Actonville on July 5.
08 July 2017

The Equality Court has ordered the Department of Labour to pay an asylum seeker his Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits.

The South African Human Rights Commission said on Friday it welcomed the judgment handed down on Tuesday by the court at the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court‚ particularly as the Constitution prohibits discrimination based on country of origin.
08 July 2017

Commission says South Africa has a legal duty to ensure crimes against humanity do not play out in other countries.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said government had a moral and legal duty to ensure it joins legal efforts to help stamp out crimes against humanity across the world and on the continent.
08 July 2017

The Human Rights Commission says the government should avoid making the same mistake as in the Omar Al Bashir case in future.

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission (HRC) says the South African government has a crucial role to play in supporting international efforts to probe human rights violations.
July 7, 2017

“The Commission welcomes the KZN MEC’s response, received on Friday, 30 June 2017, and notes the KZN Health Department’s compliance with the first deadline for response.”

THE South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it has received a received a response from the MEC of Health for Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, in response to the SAHRC’s investigative report on the state of oncology and health rights in KZN.
06 July 2017

While the ANC in KZN protects their inept health MEC, the province's cancer sufferers are left waiting for treatment that might not even come.

As KZN says farewell to the last of its oncologists, chilling revelations by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) show that people diagnosed with cancer who are unlucky enough to find themselves living in the crumbling province can wait up to eight months for treatment.
06 July 2017

CAPE TOWN - Imizamo Yethu community leaders have urged the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate police conduct in the area this week.
06 July 2017

Durban - More than 150 cancer patients are currently awaiting treatment in KwaZulu-Natal's public health facilities - some for up to eight months, the KwaZulu-Natal department of health revealed as part of its response to The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

However, while outlining solutions to the cancer crisis, the department has not provided timeframes for the implementation of these - a concern raised by the SAHRC, which is currently considering the department's response.
05 July 2017

Durban - The company that initially supplied and maintained cancer equipment at Addington Hospital has lashed out at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, accusing it of lying and using an unqualified, untrained and newly registered supplier to maintain “sophisticated” medical equipment.
5 July 2017

JOBURG – Court orders Cosatu and Bongani Masuku to tender an unconditional apology to the Jewish community, adding that the apology must receive the same publicity as the offending statements.
05 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it has received a response from KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, in relation to its investigation into the state of public oncology services in the province.
05 July 2017

Pretoria - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on Andile Mngxitama and his organisation Black First Land First (BLF) to immediately cease intimidating and harassing journalists.
4 July 2017

How often when you encounter thinly veiled or indeed naked anti-Semitism are you met with the riposte: “It is not anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist; it is legitimate criticism of Israel; you are only raising the false charge to stifle debate/criticism of Israel or to smear the left”, and so ad nauseam?  
04 July 2017

Embattled KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has responded to the South African Human Rights Commission’s damning report on the shocking state of oncology services in the province.
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