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27 June 2019

On Thursday, the Equality Court in Randburg will hear the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) hate speech case against former Bosasa chief operating officer, Angelo Agrizzi.
27 June 2019

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate alleged human rights violations by Lanxess Chrome Mine in the North West.
The union said 12 workers were hospitalised since a strike started last week.
27 June 2019

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that it would meet with former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi on Thursday for a possible out of court settlement in his hate speech case ahead of their court appearance.

 

Today, I come before you and in turn all my fellow South Africans to apologise for my deeply offensive and hurtful language.

I am acutely aware that we are 25 years into our democracy. I was a young man when Apartheid ended but I was old enough to have witnessed its devastating impact. I cannot claim ignorance of our history nor of the damaging connotations of this word; I know how bad things were and I know that even after all this time, the wounds are still raw.

I am deeply regretful that our country is still having to listen to apologies for this appalling language in 2019. We shouldn’t still be in this position and I realise that I am one of the people that has put us here; for this I am incredibly sorry.

I realise that my actions do no justice to our Constitution or our values as South Africans, and do not assist in the project of reconciliation.

Today I pledge that whether in my own home, or in public, I will remain vigilant in abolishing all words or actions that do damage or reopen wounds of the past. We cannot have two faces in South Africa, our behaviour and respect for others must be constant and must be consistent.   

In the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, I respect the way that this issue was dealt with before the Commission and I am truly sorry and remorseful for what happened. I believe that it is not the penalty or the amount which should be judged but the fact that I am truly remorseful for what was said and I wish to repeat my apology not only to the people themselves but to all South African people as whole. I hope that I can set an example to others that in this new dawn for South Africa such language will not be tolerated and that everyone should in fact strive to be decent and caring to their fellow South Africans.

The South African Human Rights Commission has chosen the Barney Mokgatle Foundation in Alexandra as the recipient of my R200 000 fine, which I pay gladly.

Mr Mokgatle was part of the youth uprising in 1976 which sought to fight and overcome inequality and oppression caused by Apartheid. With his permission, I would also very much like to visit his foundation and learn more from him.

To all my fellow South African’s I apologise once again for all the hurt caused and for separating us further through my actions. To all the media present, thank you for your time today.

 

 

 

 

 

25 June 2019

A faulty circulation pump in the oncology ward is being replaced and repairs are being done to the air cooling system.
25 June 2019

During a walkabout at Dr George Mukhari Hospital's psychiatric ward on Tuesday, the South African Human Rights Commission, which is probing alleged human rights abuses at the facility, said it was not happy with what it observed.
25 June 2019

The commission’s Gauteng manager Buang Jones made the comments shortly after a site visit at the George Mukhari hospital in Tshwane on Tuesday.
24 June 2019

The commission said it was establishing the terms of reference for the inquiry that will look into systematic violence in townships.
24 June 2019

Wimpy is investigating an incident at one of its restaurants in which a patron dined in a Nazi-style military uniform, complete with a swastika on his arm.
21 June 2019

Residents of Hammanskraal north of Pretoria will have to continue to drink water that is possibly unsafe while the Apies River remains polluted and obstructed. 
20 June 2019

Two midwives had to care for 96 pregnant mothers during the day shift while three had to cope with 97 patients in the evening at Tembisa Hospital.
19 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is calling for a review of the laws relating to farm evictions.
Western Cape regional commissioner Chris Nissen says they've seen a dramatic rise in evictions in recent years.
I've just come from Knysna and a placed called Karatara where there are 18 families staying in a community hall.
— Rev. Chris Nissen, Western Cape regional commissioner - South African Human Rights Commission
Nissen says often the evictions fall under the radar.
14 June 2019

The facility came under the spotlight after 76-year-old Martha Marais was found tied to a steel bench on the cold floor two weeks ago.
11 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has told a doctor at Mamelodi Hospital, Tshwane that his answers about what transpired when 76-year-old Martha Marais was restrained under a bench last month were contradictory.
The incident took place in the hospital casualty section.
11 June 2019

Staff shortages and a lack of beds are among the chief challenges faced by doctors and nurses at the Mamelodi Hospital.
Others problems include inadequate ventilation and no seclusion rooms for mentally ill patients.

11 June 2019

Infrastructure issues, staff shortages and a lack of beds are common problems at hospitals the commission visited.
05 June 2019

Langa’s most frail and vulnerable have had to go nearly a week without a hot meal or warm shower as the City of Cape Town cut the Cheshire Home’s electricity over unpaid bills.

05 June 2019

There is about one police officer per 730 residents in Alexandra, according to Gauteng South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner Elias Mawela. This is well below the national standard for police to community ratio and the ratio recommended by the United Nations (UN).
5 June 2019

Ndivhoniswa Lukhwareni says he had the understanding that the targeted structures were either incomplete and/or unoccupied.
5 June 2019
 
Gauteng provincial police commissioner General Elias Mawela has dismissed claims that Alexandra is ‘lawless’ — the accusations were made by some state bodies and residents at the inquiry into conditions in the township.
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