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11 Jun 2020

Cape Town – The Parklands College history teacher behind the controversial “racist task” requiring Grade 7 pupils to design a poster to advertise a slave auction has resigned from the independent school.
The resignation comes as the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would probe, with the Independent Schools’ Association of SA saying that it would weigh in on the matter tomorrow, while the EFF called for a broader investigation into racism at schools across the Western Cape.
9 June 2020

Grades 7 and 12 pupils on Monday returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday said that it would continue to monitor schools across the country with the resumption of the 2020 academic year.
Grades 7 and 12 pupils returned to their classrooms after nearly two months.
8 June 2020

Amogelang Secondary School, Soshanguve. Credit Twitter/Gauteng education department.
The commission wants to ensure that there is access to adequate food, nutrition and learning materials for learners.
6 June 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned with the rising cases of law enforcement officers overstepping the mark on the general population.

5 June 2020
Business Engage is pleased to announce the winners of two special categories in its annual 8th Gender Mainstreaming Awards – Positive Role Model and Inclusive Leader.
4 June 2020

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is on Thursday meeting MECs following an intervention by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for schools to be ready to open on Monday.
The Chapter Nine institution intervened after being approached by teachers' unions. According to the unions, their call for provinces to provide enough protective equipment to all schools had fallen on deaf ears.
3 June 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that the Minister of Basic Education has come back to the Chapter 9 institution with revised back-to-school directions, which are expected to be gazetted on Friday.
This after the SAHRC said it would consider going to court to ensure the ministry gazetted new regulations this week to address the ability of some poorer schools to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
2 June 2020

The commission argues that as it stood, current regulations discriminate between schools that can and cannot comply with regulations on screening, sanitisation and physical distancing.

Date: 31 May 2020

The Human Rights Commission and several other groups have expressed strong opposition to the reopening plan, which appears now to be on ice again as the country awaits a briefing from the minister at 6pm.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce that the reopening of schools nationally for Grade 7 and 12 learners will be delayed for at least a week, backtracking on all previous announcements.
31 May 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will investigate a racism complaint after a picture of a baboon was superimposed on the face of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The photo was posted on social media.
31 May 2020

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga's plan for grades 7 and 12 to return to school tomorrow was stopped in its tracks yesterday, and a return to class is unlikely.
30 May 2020

Teachers returned to school this week and already there've been several COVID-19 infections confirmed at a number of schools.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has urged Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to reconsider reopening school from next week.
29 May 2020

An SANDF report said that that the Khosa's altercation with the soldiers didn’t cause his death as they merely pushed him to force him to comply with officers.
29 May 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has written to minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga recommending that she reconsider the return of students to schools from 1 June.
The SAHRC said it has performed independent monitoring of schools for readiness in all nine provinces and has held consultations with various stakeholders, including teachers’ unions and school governing bodies.
29 May 2020

Durban - The South African Human Rights Commission said it had written to basic education Angie Motshekga, suggesting that she reconsider the decision for schools to reopen on June 1 after shutting down in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
South African learning institutions have been closed since mid-March in a bid to avoid transmissions of the coronavirus, but the department of education has said classes will resume next week for grade 7 pupils who are set to progress to high school in 2021 and grade 12 learners due to write their final school exams later this year.
25 May‎ ‎2020

Pretoria - From this week, the South African Human Rights Commission will be seeing to it that the Department of Basic Education lives up to its promise of ensuring the safety and readiness to reopen schools across the country.
Commissioner, advocate Andre Gaum said they would be starting the nationwide monitoring of schools' readiness.
22 May 2020

The organisation said it received numerous pleas from the foreign nationals, who included LGBT people who fled their countries escaping persecution.
20 May 2020
Displaced people who were moved from all around Western Cape to the shelter at Strandfontein Sports Field. (Photo: Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)  Less

The gloves are off as the dispute between the South African Human Rights Commission and the City of Cape Town over conditions at the soon-to-be-closed Strandfontein shelter for homeless and vulnerable people heads to the Western Cape High Court.
15 May 2020
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating more than 200 complaints related to the lockdown.
Its head of strategic support and governance, Siyasanga Giyose, told the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services the declaration of a national state of disaster came with "huge human rights implications".
12 May 2020

Cape Town – The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating a complaint lodged against Shoprite in Langa, which was forced by residents to close at the weekend after two cashiers tested positive for Covid-19.
The residents had taken issue with the store allegedly continuing to operate, despite the cases.
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