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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

20 November 2017

We all have those friends on Facebook who claim they have an absolute right to their opinion. “Well, that’s my opinion and I am entitled to it. It’s a free country.” Fair enough, the “free country” line has become outdated. But certainly not outdated as the apartheid flag which has recently been pulled out the drawers, miraculously dustless, neatly unfolded and displayed with an odd mix of reverence and nostalgia.
Yes, the Constitution protects freedom of speech. So you are entitled to your opinion. But this right has its bounds. The Constitution expressly prohibits “advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm”. So your entitlement is not absolute or without accountability or consequence.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017

Rural communities should not be excluded from accessing mental health care. This is according to Programme Manager at the South African Federation for Mental Health, Charlene Sunkel.

16 November 2017

The KZN health department has been under fire since the SAHRC published a damning report on the state of oncology services in the province.
13 November 2017

THE legacy of the icon of liberalism Helen Suzman will live for many years to come after the South African Post Office issued a stamp to commemorate her birthday.
13 November 2017

The civil lawsuit against the State over the death of a six year-old Limpopo boy who drowned in a pit latrine got underway at the High Court in Polokwane on Monday.
05 November 2017

Like the rest of the nation, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is shocked by recent reports of sexual violence directed against children in schools across South Africa.
02 November 2017

They work on matters including human rights violations, fighting for LGBT rights, sex worker employment conditions, land restitution, the drafting of wills, assisting with the application of domestic violence protection orders and helping refugees achieve refugee status.
Date: 01 Nov 2017

JOBURG mayor Herman Mashaba has maintained that migrants should remain under scrutiny despite the xenophobic allegations levelled against him.
October 31, 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the province has praised judge Sekgopotje Mphahlele for showing respect to the country’s Constitution when passing judgment on farmers Theo Martins Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen last week.
31 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is on Tuesday expected to brief the media on the outcomes of the mediation session between the African Diaspora Forum and Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba over claims of xenophobia.
October 31, 2017

Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba has on Tuesday said that illegal migration has reached a crisis point in the city.
Mashaba was speaking during media brief by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the outcome of the mediation session between the African Diaspora Forum and Mayor Mashaba.
31 October 2017

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) have reached a settlement after the lobby group laid a complaint of xenophobia at the South African Human Rights Commission earlier this year.
31 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) as call for arbitration process the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba following a complaint made by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in which they alleged that he had made comments that were xenophobic and had the tendency to fuel xenophobic attacks In February 2017.
31 October 2017

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) have reached a settlement‚ after the ADF laid a complaint at the South African Human Rights Commission earlier this year.

About 250 farmers drove in a convoy along the R74 and onto the N3 towards Johannesburg as part of the Black Monday protest

30 October 2017

 In KwaZulu-Natal, combine harvesters‚ tractors and bakkies caused a traffic snarl along the N3 near Bergville and Estcourt in the province’s midlands on Monday morning‚ as farmers drove home their protest against farm murders in the country.
28 October 2017

Bloemfontein - The South African Human Rights Commission in the Free State is to host a week-long roadshow in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, next week.
27 October 2017

Ten years ago, the late Professor Kader Asmal pointed out that all human rights are interdependent and indivisible and that one well-resourced body would better address the human rights needs of especially the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the community. He proposed one human rights body, an idea that is surfacing again in Parliament. It’s taken a while, but goes to show that a good idea does not die. By MOIRA LEVY.
27 October 2017

The horror case of a domestic worker, 41, from Bronkhorstspruit in Pretoria, who was allegedly raped by her employer’s son and forced to perform sexual acts on his dogs, attracted wide public attention when the 45-year-old suspect appeared in court yesterday.
The domestic worker said she was traumatised and confused about what had happened.
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