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24 February 2022

Unrest in Soweto was inevitable, a community leader has said, due to housing shortages and unemployment.

Soweto community leader Themba Makhubela gave testimony before the South African Human Rights Commission, during its investigation into the July unrest, on Thursday.

He detailed the socio-economic conditions that had eroded faith in the authorities, saying it was unsurprising the community had begun looting.
24 February 2022

Soweto community leader told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday that it was “immoral” for police to confiscate fresh food, perishables and liquor from households and shacks in the township because residents were suspected of taking part in the July riots.
23 February 2022

Former state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo said her department had, as far back as December 2020, flagged rising instability that undermined South Africa’s security.
23 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is expected to continue with the second leg of the national investigative hearings into the July 2021 unrest which erupted mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The unrest caused billions of rand in damage to infrastructure and businesses, while hundreds of lives were lost during the violence that erupted.
23 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), in the Eastern Cape, has launched an investigation into the quality of tap water in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMBM) and Buffalo City Municipality (BCM).

The Commission says the investigation will allow it to engage the two metropolitans on tap water-related concerns.
22 February 2022

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says intelligence reports regarding the July 2021 unrest were freely available.

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says intelligence reports regarding the July 2021 violent unrest were available and sent out to the relevant structures.

20 February 2022

The purpose of the meeting is to update parents on the progress made by the SAHRC’s investigation, and to listen to their concerns.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is scheduled to meet with Hoërskool Jan Viljoen parents this afternoon, following the postponement of a meeting planned for earlier this week.
18 February 2022

The SAHRC will now start testing the pan to see if the levels of E.coli drops in the lake as well as look for potential guilty parties that might be the source of industrial waste that ends up in the pan.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited Wemmer Pan on February 15 after receiving a complaint about the pollution and the stench coming from the lake.
18 February 2022

Cape Town - The Constitutional Court has given former Cosatu international relations spokesperson Bongani Masuku 30 days to apologise to the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) for harmful comments he made against South African Jews in 2009.
18 February 2022

Black First Land First (BLF) spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has been ordered by the equality court to delete any offending statements from his social media feeds and not to advocate for the killing of, or violence against, any group in SA.
16 February 2022

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be visiting the Wemmer Pan on Tuesday morning to inspect the pollution and contamination that's already posing major health and environmental risks.
“The smell is unbearable and the environmental degradation is visible,” said Buang Jones, provincial head of the SAHRC

16 February 2022

A child’s sewage-soaked teddy bear lies amid plastic bottles and rotting waste, while an onshore breeze carries the stench of human excrement and rotten eggs to people gathered on the shore.

This was the sight and smell that greeted members of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and media on a brief inspection of Wemmer Pan, a recreational lake south of Johannesburg’s CBD, on Tuesday.
16 February 2022

Communities under the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality in Mpumalanga have once again raised service delivery complaints with the South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC).
14 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Monday conduct a joint inspection with government in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

The commission will assess progress in implementing directives following its joint report with the Public Protector in July last year, which recommended that government urgently intervene to correct human rights violations in the township.
9 February 2022

Two victims of the so-called ‘Masoyi Monster’ are yet to be buried. The Mpumalanga High Court found Julius Mndawe guilty on five counts of murder and defeating the ends of justice, last week.

Mndawe killed and buried the women in his yard at the Masoyi Village near Hazyview, between 2018 and 2019.
4 February 2022

Cape Town - Despite the extension of equality courts to magistrate’s courts to attend to matters of equality, communities are still submitting complaints of this nature to the Human Rights Commission.

This emerged during a community engagement on Equality Toolkits on Thursday, where the provincial Human Rights Commission (HRC), in partnership with Langa Community Advice Services, hosted a workshop for community’s stakeholders.
02 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for a catch-up plan for pupils who have lost out on time in the classroom because of rotational learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
29 January 2020

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed they will be visiting three prisons where solitary confinement exists.

The Judicial Inspectorate For Correctional Services (JICS) carried out a report on the infringement of human rights and released it to various departments, including the Department of Correctional Services for their response.
27 January 2022

Johannesburg - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has through its investigative reports found that there is a dire need to upskill and capacitate people working in municipalities.

24 January 2022

An EFF councillor who allegedly masqueraded as a white female on Twitter is back in court on Monday where he is facing off against the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
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