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14 February 2018

Former Sodwana Bay guesthouse owner André Slade has been fined R50 000, payable to a charity, for racist remarks he made in 2016.
The Equality Court in Ubombo, Zululand, this week ruled that Slade’s comments and conduct amounted to unfair discrimination on the ground of race and hate speech and that they went against the constitution.
10 February 2018

Johannesburg – The Department of Home Affairs says most refugee status appeals are not from people fleeing war-torn countries for safety, but are made by young males seeking better economic opportunities.
9 February 2018

Polokwane – A Limpopo doctor accused of racially segregating his patients and staff, and charging different rates according to race, released a general public apology on Friday, insisting he was not aware of what was going on.
9 February 2018

Mokopane medical doctor Jimmy van der Berg, accused of racist conduct at his private surgery, and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) agreed that the commission will actively monitor his future actions and should it find that the terms of the conciliation agreement has not been met, the council will proceed to institute immediate civil or criminal action against Van der Berg or any other appropriate redress it may deem fit as determined by its constitutional mandate.
9 February 2018

SAHRC investigators visited the doctor’s practice and found there are separate consultation rooms and bathrooms for white and black patients.
8 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is disappointing that municipalities fail to provide quality services to communities whilst they continue to record irregular and fruitless expenditure year on end.
8 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will engage with the Mangaung Metro Municipality regarding the on-going water crisis in the area.
8 February 2018

The number of children who grow up without birth certificates is on the increase in the Free State. This is according to the recently appointed Provincial Manager at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Free State, Thabang Kheswa.
7 February 2018

This comes after three girls were killed by fire at the North West School for the Deaf.
The North West department of education must conduct a full audit of all special needs schools in the province, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Wednesday.
7 February 2018

Bloemfontein – The EFF in the Free State says it is "disturbed and infuriated" by the death of a man, allegedly at the hands of police officers, during a protest at Sekoto village in QwaQwa on Wednesday.
07 February 2018

The commission has finalised its report into a fire that claimed the lives of three pupils at the North West School for the Deaf in August 2015.
07 February 2018

The lobby group African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is looking for general amnesty for all undocumented immigrants in SA.
The organisation’s chairperson‚ Marc Gbaffou‚ was speaking at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) two-day national investigative hearing on migration‚ xenophobia and social cohesion hearings.
"Many immigrants’ kids cannot go to school because their parents are illegal in this country‚ making the children illegal as well. Although the South African Constitution stipulates that every child has a right to education‚ some children of immigrants have continuously been denied these rights‚" Gbaffou said.
7 February 2018

“You are doing too much damage by trying to protect South Africa.”
These were the words of Marc Gbaffou, chairperson of African Diaspora Forum during the National Investigative Hearing on Migration, Xenophobia and Social Cohesion held by the South African Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg yesterday.
Gbaffou has written a letter to President Jacob Zuma, requesting that all undocumented immigrants living in South Africa be granted general amnesty.
07 February 2018

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has blamed education officials for the deaths of three pupils at the North West School for the Deaf in August 2014.
The commission said on Wednesday that department officials‚ including Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga‚ were responsible for the pupils burning to death at their hostel in Leeudoringsstad.
7 February 2018

The Commission added that they further found that the human rights and dignity of the learners were not protected.
The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) announced on Wednesday that they had found that various education leaders in the North West had failed to comply with legislation and policy following an investigation into a fire that killed three learners at the North West School for the Deaf (NWSD) in Leeudoringsstad in August 2015.
7 February 2018

THE SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found education authorities are responsible for a fire that killed three pupils at the North West School for the Deaf (NWSD) in  2015.
7 February 2018

Screenings in parts of the Eastern and Western Cape had to be cancelled due to protests.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that it has received a complaint about the cancelled screenings of Inxeba: The Wound following protests against the film and threats of intimidation and violence.
07 February 2018

A KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance leader's attempt to fight Islamophobia on Facebook almost five years ago is going to the dogs. Literally.
On the eve of its provincial elective congress at the weekend‚ the DA instructed deputy provincial chair nominee and Women's Network provincial leader Shehana Kajee to apologise for an online post in which she called for the Muslim community to "go on the attack" in the name of Islam in 2013.

7 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed it has received a complaint about the cancelled screening of the movie Inxeba: The Wound following protests, threats of intimidation and violence.
The film has received a lot of criticism following its release with claims that it violates the sanctity of cultural practices, which by nature are secret.
6 February 2018

The Inkatha Freedom Party calls on the South African Human Rights Commission to urgently institute its own investigation into the reports that workers’ rights are being violated at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban.
“Workers employed in the maintenance hospital department are complaining that since 2015 they have not been provided with protective clothing and they are wearing worn out clothing. If they raise this issue with relevant authorities their complaints fall on deaf ears.
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