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24 March 2022

The commission exonerated the school from the planning, funding, advertising or hosting of the event.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has cleared Brackenfell High School in Cape Town of racism allegations after a group of matric pupils in 2020 held a private farewell, which allegedly excluded black pupils.
22 March 2022

The commission released the annual trends analysis report earlier this month, which aims to provide a general overview of the handling of complaints over the financial year.
21 March 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has laid bare the role of school governing bodies in violating children’s basic human rights through codes of conduct that do not comply with the constitution.
21 March 2022

As  South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says despite having one of the most celebrated constitutions in the world, inequality still remains a huge challenge in the country.
17 March 2022

Cape Town - Acknowledging the full humanity of people living with albinism will be the focus this Human Rights Day.

Isango Elihle (The Beautiful Gate), with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), have invited the public to attend a Human Rights Day event at Lookout Hill, Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha.
16 March 2022

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi made submissions on Monday on behalf of his party on the first day of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)'s inquiry into multiple forms of discrimination in South Africa's advertising industry.
16 March 2022

The commission said that it was deeply concerned about the industry after several submissions of racial discrimination were given to the institution by the public, advertising agencies, retailers, and regulatory bodies.
16 March 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has released its newest trends analysis report which reveals that while the number of complaints received annually is growing, there has also been an increase in hearings, inquiries and improved success in securing redress for complainants.
16 March 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it has seen an increase in complaints, but financial constraints make it hard to deal with them timeously.   
14 March 2022

Anti-racism activist Zulaikha Patel says advertising agencies behind racist and discriminatory advertisements should be held accountable.

Patel was speaking on the first day of the South African Human Right's Commission's inquiry into racial discrimination or discrimination in advertising.
06 March 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission has slammed the decision not to prosecute anyone for the death of nine-year-old Leo Williams in August 2020. The commission will request a detailed report of the inquest held into his death.
04 March 2022

Minister Ronald Lamola was testifying before the South African Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the unrest.

CAPE TOWN - Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Thursday said he was concerned that there had been no arrests to date of the alleged masterminds behind the orchestrated violence that tore through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July last year.
04 March 2022

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola declared on Thursday that he was as eager as any South African to know who the ringleaders of last July’s civil unrest were, but would not push the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) or police in their ongoing investigations.
03 March 2022

The Equality Court has ruled that two Black First Land First (BLF) leaders have to apologise to all South Africans for social media comments about white children who died when a bridge collapsed at their school.
02 March 2022

The chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that the army was deployed last July as the country was burning and that the riots were unprecedented.

General Rudzani Maphwanya on Tuesday night told the SAHRC hearing into the unrest, which caused destruction and led to widespread looting in July last year, that the military was roped in to defend and protect the people of the country.
01 March 2022

The mayor of eThekwini municipality, Mxolisi Kaunda, has described the killings in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, during last July’s unrest as “a racist act” that should be dealt with as a criminal offence.

Testifying on Monday before the South African Human Rights Commission’s ongoing hearings into the violence, Kaunda said he became aware through social media of the killings in Phoenix of 36 mainly black people said to have been racially-profiled by residents as possible looters.
01 March 2022

The chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Tuesday night that it was not his place to categorise the July 2021 unrest as an attempted insurrection, or anything else for that matter.  
01 March 2022

Residents of the Kwa-Madala hostel in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, say they are optimistic that the visit by the Human Rights Commission in the area will assist in speeding up the development and delivery of basic services.

The commission visited the hostel and businesses that were impacted by the July 2021 unrest to conduct an in-loco inspection. Most of the people living at the hostel are unemployed youth.
01 March 2022

The CEO of Business Unity South Africa believes last year's unrest didn't start in July.

"We believe they started months before when we had the problem of trucks burning, and we believe that what this was - July - was a frontal attack on the entire supply value chain of the country," Cas Coovadia said.

28 February 2022

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda says his knowledge of the July unrest is limited because he was down with Covid-19 at the time.

"Most of the damage had already occurred by then. My personal understanding of the causes was constrained or limited by the fact that I was in isolation and my primary sources of information were the media, social networks and what was told to me by others."
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