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27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission says that EFF leader Julius Malema's comments are offensive but they do not legally qualify as hate speech.
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's recent statements which include utterances about race do not legally qualify as hate speech.
27 March 2019

Complaints against the EFF members include Malema's call in November 2016 for all land in South Africa to be returned to black people.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says controversial comments by members of the EFF, including party leader Julius Malema, do not constitute hate speech.
The SAHRC says the commission received five complaints against the party since 2016.
26 March 2019
 
Danny K., who recently stated that not enough white South Africans called out racism. Picture: Instagram/Danny K
The SA Human Rights Commission said 505 racial inequality complaints were lodged in 2015/16, with Gauteng leading at 183 complaints.
Cabinet had decided to put its foot down on racial and related inequalities as it approved the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which was launched yesterday.
23 March 2019

EFF leader, Julius Malema is known for his radical speeches.
The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) says it has consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech against EFF leader, Julius Malema and other members of the party. The commission says it will release its findings and recommendations on the matter.
The commission says the right to freedom of expression is not absolute and does not extend to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence, or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.
23 March 2019

The commission has agreed that there is prima facie evidence of foul play at the Kwanyathi village institution.
 
CAPE TOWN - The Education Department has welcomed the investigation by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) looking into alleged human rights violations at school in Lusikisiki
22 March 2019

BRAAMFONTEIN – Now you can report a racial issue at a touch of a button.
 
 
Anti-Racism Network South Africa coordinator Busisiwe Nkosi explains that the Zimele Racism Reporting App (Zirra) was piloted last year but has since been improved and now has the support of the South African Human Rights Commission.
22 March 2019

The Commission accepted the highest number of complaints during the 2016/17 financial year.


As South Africans we will be commemorating Human Rights Day on March 21. The question remains if all South Africans still enjoy equal human rights.
20 March 2019
 
Chapter 9 institutions play a fundamental role in promoting and protecting South Africa’s young democracy. With Human Rights Day on Thursday, Daily Maverick sat down with the CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane to find out how far the fight for human rights has come.
18 May 2019

Through the State Capture Inquiry South Africans have been privy to shocking details of the depths of corruption in the country. State Capture Inquiry was a Commission which is set up to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the Public Sector including organs of state. The Human Rights Commission recently hosted a panel discussion under the theme "The Impact of Corruption on Human Rights". The objective of the discussion was to understand the level, pervasiveness and form of corruption at local government level; to reflect on the negative effects of corruption on the protection of human rights; and to explore synergies and possibilities for cooperation between different sectors of society in the fight against corruption. INT: Buang Jones, who is the Provincial manager of the Gauteng office for the South African Human Rights Commission`s (SAHRC). Click here for the podcast

Source: SAFM
17 March 2019
 
Following social media posts about a Grade 9 learner at Hyde Park High School, allegedly given detention by a teacher for ‘disrupting’ her natural hair on 8 March.
15 March 2019

Cape Town – This year’s Anti-Racism Week continued placing a greater focus on schools and would host a series of dialogues in various parts of the country.
Anti-Racism Week is held annually from March 14 until 21, culminating on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
13 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus
Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights.
13 March 2019
    

The Free State office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will soon become a law clinic in order to better deal with local cases brought forward to the commission. This is according to Provincial Manager Thabang Kheswa, during a briefing about the SAHRC’s operations in the coming year.
12 March 2019


The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate the numerous allegations of corporal punishment made against Paarl Boys' High School, the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED) said on Monday.
"Given the number of allegations that have been made and the fact that parents are not allowing their children to testify, the MEC (Debbie Schäfer) has requested the assistance of the [SAHRC] to investigate, and they have agreed," said Schäfer's spokesperson, Jessica Shelver.
9 March 2019

The International Conference of Information Commissioners will start on Sunday.
Information regulators from around the globe are set to meet in Johannesburg from the 10-13 March 2019 at the Vodacom Commercial Park for the International Conference of Information Commissioners (the ICIC2019).
The conference is an international gathering of Information Commissioners from more than 25 countries and representing all continents, who will gather to discuss the right of access to information (RTI).
08 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says issues relating to human rights violations at schools is of great concern.

This, as the commission’s Free State Manager, Thabang Kheswa, has confirmed that they are also investigating a number of cases relating to racism in schools.
7 March 2019

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) made surprise school inspections in Mfuleni on Tuesday, following reports and complaints of overcrowding and a lack of teachers. Andre Guam of the commission is interviewed to speak about the extent of the lack of infrastructure and educators. Click here for the podcast
7 March 2019

After six years of being carried around, a local granny has got her sense of freedom back after receiving a wheelchair on Wednesday at Letaba Special School outside Tzaneen.
6th March 2019

Information regulators from around the globe are set to meet in Johannesburg from the 10-13 March 2019 at the Vodacom Commercial Park for the International Conference of Information Commissioners (the ICIC2019), an international gathering of Information Commissioners from more than twenty five (25) countries and representing all continents, who will gather to discuss the right of access to information (RTI).  The right to information is provided for in a number of human rights instruments internationally and regionally,  and in national constitutions globally.
6 March 2019

Media Watchdog, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has called on the South African  Human Rights Commission to investigate any instances of hate speech against veteran journalist, Karima Brown, amid a social media onslaught against her.
Brown accidentally posted an editorial note on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Whatsapp group directing colleagues to monitor the party’s event in Gauteng’s East Rand.
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