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21 May 2019

PRETORIA - Home Affairs has been criticised for the long wait for the turn around of asylum-seeking and permanent residency applications.
Some people have complained of wait times over two years for permanent residency applications.
19 May 2019

The Department of Home Affairs has approached the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to help it clear the 150,000 backlog of refugee status appeals, according to Director of Asylum Seekers, Mandla Madumisa.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (the Commission or KNCHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) established under Article 59 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and the KNCHRAct, 2011. The Commission's mandate is the promotion and protection of human rights in Kenya.

14 May 2019

The father of a girl who was harassed by a church elder says the Seventh Day Adventist Church in George failed to adhere to church policy on reporting sexual abuse cases.
13 May 2019

The Hartbeespoort Clinic, a facility which services a large volume of patients per day under extremely challenging conditions is due for an upgrade, according to the Provincial Department of Health.
This welcomed development comes after the Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative (HCDI), a locally based nonprofit company, received complaints from community members about the current poor state of the Clinic which services patients mainly from the local RDP settlements, informal settlements, plots, and farming communities.
13 May 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be back again on Monday in the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg to continue its probe into the violent protests that erupted in the run-up to the general elections.
09 May 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned about how the visually impaired were treated at the polls on Wednesday.
08 May 2019

The identity of the man could not be confirmed by police at the time of going to press. However, we will follow the story closely and report on any subsequent arrests and/or court appearances.
06 May 2019

The party has been ordered to remove the slogan from its regalia and social media accounts and may face criminal charges, but plans to appeal.

The Equality Court on Monday found Andile Mngxitama’s party, Black First Land First (BLF), guilty of hate speech.
06 May 2019

The court has given the BLF a month to remove the contentious slogan from its website, as well as its regalia and other public platforms.
06 May 2019

The Equality Court has found that the Black First Land First (BLF) political slogan on land is hate speech.
05 May 2019

"Alexandra is quickly deteriorating every minute, soon the entire township will be a slum."
These were the words of community leader Sandile Mavundla, who took officials from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and members of the Office of the Public Protector on an inspection of the area, as their probe into the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) kicked off on Friday morning.
05 May 2019

BRAAMFONTEIN – This is connection with a Tweet he made last November on his ebola remarks.

Buang Jones, Gauteng provincial manager at the office of the Human Rights Commission announced that City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba will undergo a diversity programme next month.
03 May 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Friday conduct a joint inspection in Alexandra, Johannesburg, together with the office of the Public Protector, as they begin their probe concerning the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).
The programme was meant to address urbanisation and housing challenges in South Africa. The estimated budget for the ARP in 2011, which was for the redevelopment of Alexandra, was R1.3bn over seven years.
01 May 2019

Introducing the report, John Jeffery, Deputy Minister at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa, recalled that the horror of torture was embedded in South Africa’s history and that its past bore memories of widespread and institutionalized torture, which for the apartheid security forces had been a matter of routine.  South Africa had enacted the Prevention and Combatting of Torture of Person Act in 2013, while the amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act had removed the previous 20-year statute of limitation in respect of torture.  The principle of non-refoulement had been firmly codified in the Anti-Torture Act and the Refugees Act. 
2 May 2019

Mayor Zandile failed to attend an on-site inspection of the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi.
Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga has lashed out at eThekwini Metro Mayor Zandile Gumede after her office failed to attend an on-site inspection of the troubled Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi this past Tuesday.
The hostel visit was meant to establish how much progress the municipality has made since meeting with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Malunga’s office on March 14.
Malunga says the municipality has failed to maintain the upkeep of the hostel and the hostel dwellers are living in inhumane conditions.
Source: SABC
02 May 2019
Representatives of the Hornlee community in Knysna say they and the town council have been summoned to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission for a hearing over the disputed installation of prepaid water meters in their area.
01 May 2019
Six psychiatric patients are tied to their beds in two tiny, dimly lit cubicles in the emergency ward of South Africa's biggest hospital, where the country's dire healthcare crisis is starkly evident.
01 May 2019

The Equality Court heard the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Human Rights Commission argue that the old flag is the most visible remaining symbol of apartheid and white supremacy, and its display was equivalent to hate speech, while Afriforum – while agreeing the flag should not be displayed – argued it should not be equated to hate speech.
30 April 2019

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is arguing before the Equality Court against the gratuitous displays of the apartheid flag and wants them declared hate speech.
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