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04 October 2018

The unending issues of raw sewage engulfing residents in the North West have once again came to light and this time will be under scrutiny by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Huhudi near Vryburg.
04 October 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned popular DJ Sasha Martinengo for calling EFF leader Julius Malema a monkey.
During the Hot 91.9 FM breakfast show on Tuesday, the now former host, referring to Malema, remarked: “And people still listen to this monkey.”
The station took immediate action and dismissed Martinengo, saying his comment “violated the code of conduct and its commitment to our national democratic values”.

04 October 2018

During his Hot91.9 radio show on Tuesday morning, Martinego said‚ ‘And people still listen to this monkey’, referring to EFF leader Julius Malema

Axed radio presenter Sasha Martinengo had absolutely no excuse for labelling EFF leader Julius Malema a monkey‚ the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says.
04 October 2018

By Mohamed Ahmed

Petty offences have widely contributed to backlogs of cases in African courts, statistics have shown.
The statistics from the International Centre for Prisons on Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire show that the minor offences are among most prosecuted cases in the courts.
At least 119 prison facilities, for instance in Kenya, had an occupancy of 220.7 percent as of August 2016 while in Malawi's 30 prisons, the occupancy level stood at 211.4 percent.
01 October 2018

The municipality and the South African Human Rights Commission have been trying to get a mediation process underway to defuse tensions.

CAPE TOWN - A group of Zwelihle community leaders says it won't take part in mediation processes until government takes responsibility for its alleged role in violent demonstrations.
01 October 2018

The abuse of senior citizens came under the spotlight as the world marked the International Day for Older Persons yesterday.
The SA Human Rights Commission used the day to focus on the contributions made by older persons to achieve social justice under this year’s theme “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”.
01 October 2018

Does Kessie Nair, who called President Cyril Ramaphosa the K-Word, have a mental disorder? This was at the heart of the case on Monday, as the former convict’s mental stability was in the spotlight as his family tried to convince Magistrate Ncumisa Gcolotela that he “wasn’t of sound mind”.
30 September 2018

A senior government official has poured cold water on accusations against Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti over the Vaal River contaminated water crisis.
The department’s deputy director-general, Anil Singh, last week appeared before the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Singh shifted the blame from Nkwinti to the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) ministry.
29 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for an investigation to be launched into the actions of police during an anti-crime protest in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Western Cape SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen, elaborates. Click here for the audio.

Source: Thobela FM
29 September 2018

The Department of Water Affairs & Sanitation has set aside R20 Million to restore the Vaal Rivers water treatment plants.
28 September 2018

A community meeting has been called in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town to discuss escalating crime and gang violence.
28 September 2018

As the world marks International Day of Universal Access to Information, South Africa remains with challenges in this regard. South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO, Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane says access to information is important for democracies.
He says this access to information can be an effective tool of holding government to account.
27 September 2018

The Western Cape Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission, Reverend Chris Nissen says the treatment of concerned community members by members of Saps during the "Total Shutdown" protests is completely unacceptable.
The police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd that was taking part in the Total Shutdown movement protesting against crime and gangsterism in their communities.
27 September 2018

The SAHRC, the Emfuleni Mayor & the Department of Water and Sanitation are expected to weigh in on allegations that vast amounts of raw sewage have been pumped into the river.
27 September 2018
 
The minister is meeting with community members following Tuesday’s demonstrations against crime and gang violence.
26 September 2018

Raw sewerage continues to flow into the Vaal River, despite pleas from environmentalists and concerned citizens.
Pollution of the Vaal River is at critical levels. The Vaal, which is the largest tributary of the great Orange River, has been used as a dumping site for toxic material, including raw sewerage. Major media outlets in South Africa have documented the rapid decline in water quality, which now threatens human health and safety as well as nearby ecosystems.
26 September 2018

CAPE TOWN – The employment equity and work opportunity targets for people with disabilities should increase to at least 7 percent by 2030 according to the Department of Social Development’s White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Yet, a report by the South African Human Rights Commission titled: Research brief on disability and equality in South Africa suggests that figure might be unattainable. The 2017 report states that in 2005, the public sector set its employment target for people with disabilities at two per cent for that year, more than 10 years later this target has still not been met.
26 September 2018

The organisation says it has made a written and verbal submission to the commission on the collapse of the municipality’s finances and service delivery.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called on the South African Human Rights Commission to order an intervention and financial rescue plan for the Emfuleni local municipality.
26 September 2018

The future of the Masiphumelele Wetlands informal settlement has been a bone of contention between the City of Cape Town and the community for over 15 years. Almost a year ago, the City undertook to present a development plan for the area at the end of June 2018. Three months later, the community is still in the dark, GroundUp reports.
26 September 2018

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to order an intervention and financial rescue plan for Emfuleni Local Municipality.
The Commission is holding hearings this week into whether the pollution of the Vaal River violates human rights.
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