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10 April 2019
 
The public protector and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday said they were to combine efforts in a bid to get to the bottom of service delivery complaints that have given rise to recent violent protests in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
Alexandra residents have been protesting over poor service delivery since last week.
10 April 2019

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will today conduct a fact-finding mission at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine in Carletonville amid the four-and-a-half-month wage strike that has claimed nine lives.
The visit comes after employees and community members approached the commission to raise concerns that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) led strike could lead to another Marikana tragedy like that of mid-August 2012.

Fifteen thousand miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union downed tools at Sibanye's gold operations in November after rejecting the company's wage offer.
 
10 April 2019
 
JOHANNESBURG - The four-month-long strike at Sibanye-Stillwater mines has caught the attention of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
9 April 2019

Businesses along the Vaal River have been severely affected by the pollution and many have moved away from the area.
The strong smell of disinfect permeates Nnini Morosi’s neat, two-bedroom flat.
But beneath the air fresheners, sanitisers and bleach, the sickening stench of sewage still lingers.
8 April 2019

DURBAN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" about reports of burglary and vandalism at the Reuben Birin Special School for the Hearing Impaired in Port Elizabeth over the past week.
8 April 2019

With Monday marking exactly one month before South Africans go to the polls, one community in the province is again having to grapple with the same issue.
5 April 2019

Buang Jones says the situation at the Vaal River has not improved much since the military intervention.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it’s concerned about the slow progress of addressing the sewage crisis facing the Vaal District.
4 April 2019
 
Mental health centres are struggling to feed their patients because a large chunk of their budgets goes towards rent.
Three Free State NGOs that take care of vulnerable people have told OurHealth that as a result of these costs they are unable to give patients adequate meals.

3 April 2019
 
Gauteng Health head of department Professor Mkhululi Lukhele answered questions on Tuesday stemming from a South African Human Rights Commission investigation into the state of the province’s health system. The investigation was prompted by media reports of negligent patient treatment at some Gauteng hospitals.
28 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that various remarks by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema do not amount to hate speech. SAHRC provincial manager Buang Jones gave more details and listeners also reacted to the decision by the commission. Click here for the interview.
7 March 2019

CAPE TOWN - Teachers at some Cape Town schools have to deal with more than 100 pupils each day.

The Western Cape Education Department says processes are in place to deal with troubles facing Cape Town schools.
Some children have not been taught this year because of staff shortages.

During a surprise visit, the South African Human Rights Commission discovered that children don’t have a school building of their own and teachers are forced to educate 100 of them at a time in Mfuleni.  Human Rights Commissioners had to step in following calls from disgruntled parents over the quality of education their children are receiving. Click here to view the

Source: eNCA
29 March 2019

Looking at developments at the South African Human Rights Commission which ruled on five complaints against EFF Leaders Julius Malema and Godrich Gardee, finding that none of those utterances that were brought up as complaints, constitute hate speech. The statements referred to, were made during unrelated separate occasions between 2016 and 2018 – Show host Iman Rappetti spoke to SAHRC CEO Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane to unpack the commission’s findings. Click here to listen to the podcast.
29 March 2019
 
The head of the Mpumalanga education department, Mahlasedi Mhlabane, has been suspended for allegedly altering figures in the department's annual report.
29 March 2019

The month of March is known as Human Rights Month in South Africa. This year, the country commemorated Human Rights Month under the theme: The Year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture – Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Professor Bongani Majola was interviewed on human rights. Click here for the podcast

Source: Ukhozi FM
28 March 2019

Osmond Mngomezulu is the Senior Legal Officer at the South African Human Rights Commission and he talks about judgement of the commission on the Julius Malema comment of hate speech. Click here for the podcast.
28 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission, SAHRC says that EFF leader Julius Malema`s comments were offensive, but it do not legally qualify as hate speech. Senior researcher at SAHRC, Dr Shanelle van der Burg made the announcement in Johannesburg earlier today. The Commission had consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech against Malema and other members of his party who have allegedly uttered words towards certain race groups in the country. Senior Legal Officer at SAHRC, Osmond Mngomezulu elaborates. Click here for the podcast.
28 March 2019


The South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday ordered the department of human settlements to finalise its special national housing programme for people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.
The order was made in the commission’s report into the status of mental healthcare in the country, which was prompted by the Life Esidimeni tragedy which claimed the lives of at least 144 psychiatric patients.   
27 March 2019

The Commission released its findings in Johannesburg earlier, after a number of organisations lodged formal complaints.
One of the complaints emanated from a rally in KZN - where Malema accused Indian employers of exploiting black workers.
The Commission dealt with five complaints brought by the FW de Klerk Foundation and various organizations in the private sector.
This includes a complaint that Malema called for land reform and the slaughtering of white people.
27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has ruled on five complaints against EFF leaders Julius Malema and Godrich Gardee, finding that none of the utterances referred to the body legally constitute hate speech.
The statements referred to the commission were made during unrelated and separate occasions between 2016 and 2018.
The complaints against Malema included the singing of the song "Kiss the boer" and his June 2017 comments on Indians ill-treating black people in KwaZulu-Natal.
27 March 2019

Johannesburg - The various comments made by EFF leader Julius Malema do not constitute hate speech, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found.
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