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13 October 2020

Durban - TRIBUTES have been pouring in for renowned human rights lawyer Priscilla Jana, who died on Saturday, aged 76.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said the country “has lost a giant who sacrificed herself selflessly for us all to enjoy the fruits of the constitutional democracy that we enjoy today”.

12 October 2020

The South African Communist Party (SACP) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Priscilla Jana, who died on Saturday 10 October 2020, aged 76. Popularly known as a peoples’ lawyer, Jana, a human rights lawyer, selflessly represented many political prisoners during the apartheid era, most notably Solomon Mahlangu who was hanged by the apartheid regime.
11 October 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa has lost a human rights icon and a formidable legal intellect with the passing of South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson Priscilla Jana.

Ms Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana passed away on Saturday, 10 October 2020, at the age of 76.
8 October 2020

Pretoria - A Silverton Business Park company will undergo sensitisation and courses provided by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after strip-searching 28 female employees following the discovery of a used sanitary pad in the bathroom.
7 October 2020

Actions of staff at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital during a strike violated human rights by denying a “considerable number” of patients the right to access healthcare services, an SA Human Rights Commission inquiry has found almost two-and-a-half years after the incident, writes MedicalBrief.
06 October 2020
 
The actions of staff at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, who embarked on a strike in May 2018, were tantamount to a human rights violation as they denied a considerable number of patients the right to access health-care services.
5 October 2020

SAHRC has bemoaned the lack of action on numerous Special Investigating Unit (SIU) reports over the last few years.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has proposed a review of the Public Protector Act in order to enhance efforts to combat corruption. In a webinar earlier today, the SAHRC said it would like to see a tightening of existing legislative frameworks.
The organisation has also bemoaned the lack of action on numerous Special Investigating Unit (SIU) reports over the last few years.
The outcry over COVID-19 looting and last week’s arrest of a number of politicians and a businessman around the Free State asbestos tender has revived discussions around corruption.
30 Sep 2020
 
MTN has been hauled to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), over claims of discrimination, by a black empowerment consortium, which wants the telco investigated for allegedly violating the Bill of Rights when conducting business.
Eliovect, the black economic empowerment outfit, lodged a complaint with the human rights watchdog in July for alleged discrimination, claiming MTN backed out of an agreed contract to distribute airtime.

27 September 2020


Dr Danny Titus passed on at the age of 63.
Friends and family mourned the loss of former Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission, Dr Danny Titus. He passed on last Friday.
22 September 2020

In 2008 contraversial columnist Jon Qwelane wrote an article in which he compared homosexuality to bestiality.
The Constitutional Court will hear today (Tuesday) the case of Jonathan Dubula Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission, addressing the issue of hate speech against members of the LGBTI community.
22 September 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) met with various Gauteng departments on Tuesday to find solutions which would see the currently unoccupied R82 million Mayibuye Primary School in Midrand operational in the 2021 academic year.
SAHRC Gauteng head Buang Jones told News24 that the commission met with the Gauteng Department of Education, the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) and the City of Johannesburg to iron out a way forward.
22 September 2020

The Psychological Society of SA has asked the Constitutional Court to reinstate an order by the high court requiring an unconditional apology from former high commissioner to Uganda Jon Qwelane.
22 September 2020

The SAHRC says its provincial office will investigate the serious allegations of human rights abuse levelled against KwaSizabantu.
It viewed the allegations in a serious light, said SAHRC CEO advocate Tseliso Thipanyane.
The CRL Rights Commission has asked those directly affected to share their stories to assist its official probe.
21 September 2020
 
CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has appealed to the South African Police Service (SAPS) to track down the killer of anti-gang unit commander Charl Kinnear.
20 September 2020

A former commissioner of the SA Human Rights Commission, Danny Titus, has died at the age of 63.
The commission said Titus died on Friday, after being in a coma since undergoing eye surgery in July.
He is survived by his two daughters, Daléne and Neriska, who shared their memories of their dad, praising him for being a devoted family man in addition to living a life worthy of being emulated, describing him as “kind, intelligent and generous”.
19 September 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG - South African rights groups have vowed to petition the United Nations and African Union over the latest ruling that the country's Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya cannot compete unless she takes hormone-suppressing drugs.
Switzerland's Supreme Court last week dismissed Semenya's appeal against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on eligibility criteria for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).
19 September 2020

This comes after Caster Semenya lost her appeal to Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court against the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners.
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says it will engage with government, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the United Nations to ensure that what it calls ‘discriminatory’ regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) are not implemented.
19 September 2020
 
Former SA Human Rights Commission commissioner Danny Titus died on Friday at the age of 63.
Titus had been in a coma since the end of July after complications arose during an operation to remove a cataract.
The SAHRC remembered Titus as a historian, linguist and academic beyond his human rights work.
18 September 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG - South African rights groups have vowed to petition the United Nations and African Union over the latest ruling that the country's Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya cannot compete unless she takes hormone-suppressing drugs.
Switzerland's Supreme Court last week dismissed Semenya's appeal against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on eligibility criteria for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).
17 September 2020
 
The buildings that were built to house Mayibuye Primary School, but have not been given an occupancy certificate due to dangerous conditions. The R82 million school premises cannot be used due to it being built in a waterlogged area in Tembisa, 7 September 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney
The school remains unoccupied with no sign of life due to a sewage leak, which runs from outside the facility right throughout the premises.
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