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10 December 2019

The Human Rights Commission says the majority of complaints it has received pertain to racial discrimination complaints.

The commission has released its 2016/17 trends analysis report on human rights violations.
7 December 2018

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), President Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to uphold and champion human rights.
6 January 2019

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a keynote address at the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will also be attended by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha, as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet.
05 December 2019

City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has reached a settlement with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) regarding a tweet he posted where he described an informal trader as bringing Ebola in the “name of small business”.On November 12, Mashaba effected a citizen’s arrest in Johannesburg’s CBD on an informal trader who was pushing a trolley of cow heads for sale. The chief of metro police in Johannesburg David Tembe also tweeted details of the arrest, describing the individual as an “undocumented person” and confirming that he would be charged.
4 December 2018  

Government will continue to attend to issues of concern to the Khoi and San communities
The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) is continuing to engage the National Khoisan Council (NKC) as part of the implementation of the South African Human Rights Commission Report entitled National Hearings Relating to the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi-San in South Africa, and to promote the rights of the Khoi and San people.
04 December 2019

On 17 November 2018, the Department of Traditional Affairs (DTA) held a meeting with the National Khoisan Council in Bloemfontein.The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has committed to continue to engage the National Khoisan Council (NKC) as part of the implementation of the South African Human Rights Commission Report on the promotion of rights of the Khoi and San people.
This follows the SAHRC releasing the National Hearings Relating to the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi-San in South Africa report in August.
On 17 November 2018, the Department of Traditional Affairs (DTA) held a meeting with the NKC in Bloemfontein.
04 December 2018

Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater.
04 December 2018

Edward Zuma has until 22 January to pay the outstanding balance owed in his hate speech case, or face an arrest warrant for contempt of court.

The South African Human Rights Commission has asked that Zuma be arrested and held in contempt of court for failing to fully honour a settlement agreement, made by order of the Equality Court, relating to “hate speech” remarks he made in July last year.
In terms of the agreement, signed by Zuma in May this year, he was to pay two under-resourced schools R30 000 each and issue a written apology for his comments in which he accused Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan of being sell-outs.
30 November 2018

The Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JCIS) held a mental illness seminar at West Bank Correctional Facility on Friday.
The province has been identified as having the largest number of incarcerated mentally ill patients in the country.
Representatives from stakeholders such as the South African Human Rights Commission and the South African Federation for Mental Health were in attendance.
03 December 2018

The Gauteng government has set up a war room in a bid to stave off a water crisis.
Local‚ provincial and national government officials are working with civilian and military water security experts. Their mission is to reduce Gauteng's water consumption and fix collapsing sewage plants.
Driving the move is a report that lays bare the water crisis facing SA's economic hub.
03 December 2018

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Friday 07 December 2018, deliver a keynote address at the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg.
03 Dec 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission in the Free State says more still needs to be done to promote inclusive education.
03 Dec 2018

Unemployment of persons with disabilities, accessibility to the government, municipal buildings and public transport are some of the major challenges still experienced by persons living with disabilities.
29 November 2018

A Limpopo businessman who demolished five farm dwellers' houses in Modjadjiskloof two weeks ago has agreed to rebuild them following protests at his businesses.
Michael Toulou, a Modjadjiskloof property mogul and farmer, had sent earth-moving machines to demolish five houses.
At the time, he said the dwellers did not belong there as he owned the farm.
28 November 2018

The Constitutional Court will on Thursday consider the constitutionality of corporal punishment in the home.
SA's top court prohibited corporal punishment in detention settings in 1995 and in schools in 2000; this case deals with a possible prohibition in the home.
28 November 2018

Hot on the heels of the Vaal river and Randfontein water pollution investigations currently under way, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends investigating complaints over sewage spillages and wastewater treatment challenges in various municipalities in Mpumalanga.
26 November 2018

Cape Town – A single visit by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to Paarl farmworkers whose water had been cut off without reason for the past two weeks led to the taps suddenly being turned back on.
The farmworkers, who live on Marlenique Estate in Simondium, share taps and communal toilets and said they had been cut from the water grid.
26 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the Xolobeni judgment in which the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the permission of the community is required before mining rights are issued.
Community members have been demanding to assert their right to refuse mining companies the right to extract titanium at the Umgungundlovu area in Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape. This community raised concerns regarding possible displacement from their homes and grazing lands, as well as environmental degradation.
25 November 2018

Orphaned at a young age, Nolwazi Ndlakazi from the Eastern Cape has been living in poverty for the best part of her adult life.
After the birth of her two children, now aged nine and five respectively, she’s been surviving, like many impoverished rural South Africans on her children’s monthly social grant.
23 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is taking its role seriously as a leader in protecting basic human rights as it steps up to probe a purported case of the violation of the right to access clean water and a clean environment, and to human dignity.
The institution is strengthening awareness of the critical importance of water as a basic human right as it investigates claims that residents in the Vaal region have to contend with raw sewage spillage and environmental hazards.
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