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18 July 2017

PRETORIA – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday said he had directed his deputy, Bongani Mkongi, to correct his recent remarks regarding the prevalence of crime and foreign nationals in Johannesburg. “I’ve gone through what he said, and indeed, that is too rough. I do understand what he said. He was trying to address a problem in Hillbrow … Do you remember what Herman Mashaba said and we came down on him? We cannot say that. We must do what the law permits,” Mbalula said as he addressed journalists during a visit to the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria where he did his annual Mandela Day service.
25 July 2017

A Bursary fund programme in South Africa has been accused of denying access to students of Indian descent, sparking controversy over the alleged discrimination. A Bursary fund programme in South Africa has been accused of denying access to students of Indian descent, sparking controversy over the alleged discrimination.
24 July 2017

Police still busy investigating.

Within an hour of the Record’s article about three girls being locked up in a cage-like room at Roodepoort Police Station going live, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has indicated that it will investigate the incident.
23 July 2017

SOUTH AFRICAN Government ministers last week clashed over the alleged "take over" of the city of Johannesburg by foreign nationals as well as their contribution to crime.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi was quoted in the media accusing foreign nationals in Hillbrow and surrounding suburbs of economic sabotage. He claimed 80 percent of Hillbrow and surrounding areas was occupied by foreign nationals, the majority of whom he said were engaged in various forms of crime like hijacking of buildings and illegal trade.
21 July 2017

DURBAN – The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has agreed to settle its outstanding R6-million bill to Tecmed Africa for providing maintenance to the oncology equipment at Addington Hospital.

In a statement released on Thursday, by Tecmed, the company said a meeting was held on Wednesday, between its representatives, Varian management, KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and his head of department, Sifiso Mtshali, in which they had “fruitful discussions”.
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’.
20 JUly 2017

Cape Town - The Western Cape Equality Court has ruled that a pastor should attend four "sensitivity training sessions" after calling an individual the k-word, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Wednesday.
19 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) strongly condemns the irresponsible utterances by the Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi. On Friday the 14th July 2017, the Deputy Minister, while addressing concerns around crime and hijacked buildings in Johannesburg, Hillbrow in particular, was quoted by media as saying that: "How can a city in South Africa be 80% foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners."
19 July 2017

Durban – A deal has been reached between the KwaZulu-Natal health department and radiation oncology treatments and software maker Varian Medical Systems to restart two of the province’s cancer radiotherapy machines. On Wednesday, the department said KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo had met with Jean-Luc Devleeschauwer president of Varian's Oncology Systems business in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
19 July 2017

Yet another person has been held to account by the Equality Court for using the “k” word‚ the South African Human Rights Commission says. The SAHRC welcomed the fact that the Equality Court for the District of the Cape‚ sitting in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court last Friday‚ had once again confirmed that the use of the ‘K-word’‚ as a derogatory racial epithet‚ is unlawful and bears consequences.
17 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned allegedly xenophobic statements made by Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi.

Mkongi said: “How can a city in South Africa be 80% foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.”
17 July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned comments made by Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi, about the problem of hijacked buildings in Johannesburg.

Mkongi was quoted last week as having said: "How can a city in SA be 80% foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners." These utterances have been described as xenophobic by the human rights commission.
17 July 2017

The Nigeria Union in South Africa says the recent comments by that country`s Deputy Police Minister insinuating an influx of foreigners in Johannesburg are unfortunate.
17 July 2017

Johannesburg – The South African Human Rights’ Commission (SAHRC) on Monday strongly condemned alleged xenophobic comments by Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi, as it has the potential of fuelling anti-immigrant sentiments. In an interview with EWN in the Hillbrow police station on Friday, Mkongi warned South Africans not to "surrender" the country to foreign nationals.
14 July 2017

On Tuesday, the Red Ant Security Relocation and Eviction Services (commonly known as the Red Ants) evicted shack dwellers on the border between Ivory Park and Tembisa township. Residents once again accused the Red Ants of violence and theft of their cellphones and cash.
14 July 2017

 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) concluded their weeklong road show in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality by visiting the Brandfort Correctional Centre as well as the Joe Slovo Informal Settlement in Brandfort on Thursday.
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.
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