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06 November 2018

Durban - Political parties have welcomed the guilty finding against Gideon Phungula, the head of eThekwini Municipality’s legal and compliance unit, on charges of hate speech, racism and gross dishonesty.
Phungula was embroiled in a controversy in September after a phone recording of him referring to city treasurer Krish Kumar using the C-word was leaked. The matter was investigated by the city’s Investigations and Integrity Unit after a complaint was made.
06 November 2018

The Randfontein waste water treatment works is not fully operational‚ resulting in untreated sewage leaving the plant and polluting the community's water source.
This admission was made by the Rand West City Municipality as it met the Gauteng provincial officials of the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday.
01 November 2018

Global fashion retailer H&M has conducted workshops to address the “disaster” following a racially-sensitive advertisement by the company.
An image of a black boy modelling one of H&M’s hoodies with the slogan “Coolest monkey in the jungle” was posted on their online platform in January.
31 October 2018

The “crisis” in the Vaal River system highlighted by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his mini-budget has, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), been subjected to a reconnaissance visit by a task team from the SA Army Engineer Formation.
31 October 2018

Cape Town - Striking MyCiTi bus drivers have approached the Human Rights Commission to act as a go-between for them and the City of Cape Town regarding their grievances.
SAHRC Commissioner Chris Nissen said some of the drivers’ problems remained a “massive and ongoing challenge” and that he would ask Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to intervene.
30 October 2018

The new Occupational Therapy and sports facilities at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital have been officially opened by the Industrial
Development Corporation (IDC) in partnership with the S.A Medical and Education Foundation (SAME) and the Gauteng Department of Health.
27 October 2018

Jeppe Girls' High School in Johannesburg, Gauteng is reportedly set to review its hijab policy.
The school made headlines for preventing when it prevented a group of pupils from wearing hijabs with their school uniforms.
26 October 2018

What is a superbug exactly? How do they spread? What makes them so deadly, and what can be done to protect health employees and their patients? Gareth Greathead reports.
In 2012, a superbug by the name of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), also known as the “nightmare bacteria”, found its way from the United States of America to South Africa.
25 October 2018

The South African Defence Force (SANDF) has been roped in to assist in the fight to end the Vaal River water crisis.

Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, announced during his inaugural Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, have agreed to have the military assist with engineering and other expertise to help fix the problem. Mboweni says Treasury is dealing decisively and urgently with the water crisis. He explained that they will be doing this by mobilising short-term financing by reprioritising funds and increasing capacity. The newly appointed Finance Minister stresses that “water is critical and that current water delivery models are not working in many cases”.
24 October 2018

Larochelle Smit has endured attacks for dating outside her race but when she got a racist Facebook message from the mother of a man she used to date, she decided enough was enough.
On Tuesday, 28-year-old Smit said she was shocked when nurse Elaine Jacobs sent her the “absolutely disgusting” private message last month.
24 October 2018

Larochelle Smit has endured attacks for dating outside her race but when she got a racist Facebook message from the mother of a man she used to date, she decided enough was enough
Speaking to News24 on Tuesday, 28-year-old Smit said she was shocked when nurse Elaine Jacobs sent her the “absolutely disgusting” private message last month. 
22 October 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to review public submissions on allegations that counterfeit or expired food is being sold in informal shops.
20 October 2018

Durban - A Westville resident has filed a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), slamming a plan to fingerprint beggars and vagrants in a bid to maintain a database as unconstitutional.
Kiru Naidoo filed the complaint with the SAHRC earlier this month, after the Westville Community Policing Forum (CPF) published details of the joint plan with the Westville SAPS on its Facebook page.
19 October 2018

A SOURCE who is concerned about the operations of a local old age home in Kokstad has informed the Fever about the deaths of 11 elderly residents within the space of eight months.
The source also showed the Fever a document with a list of residents who died on the premises and others who died in hospital.
“I started my investigation last month when I wanted to deliver food to the residents at the home. I was told that the number of residents was not the same as the number I was given earlier this year.
19 October 2018

Various farm worker evictions in the Mossel Bay area have been halted thanks to intervention from the SA Human Rights Commission. One of the incidents saw a farmer attempting to bulldoze a worker’s him while he and his wife were still inside. SAHRC Western Cape Provincial Manager,  Lloyd Lotz spoke to Spektrum. Click here for the audio
18 October 2018

Emfuleni residents are on the brink of a health crisis as the municipality’s water treatment system fails. It’s been brought about by governance failure, financial constraints and rapid urbanisation

The Mario Milani Drive in Vereeniging could be a wonderfully scenic route. It runs along the banks of the Vaal River — a setting that should make for a perfect weekend escape from the hustle of Johannesburg.
17 October 2018

Western Cape head of the SA Human Rights Commission Chris Nissen has called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to make good on his promise to hold a moratorium on farm evictions.
Online publication GroundUp has reported that Ramaphosa failed to uphold a promise made in 2014.
16 October 2018

Over 150 residents of Hartbeespoort on Friday marched to deliver a memorandum of demands at the local police station.
The residents are demanding that racism stop in the community.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative spokesperson Russel Baloyi about their experiences in the community.
Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort.
15 October 2018

Banks are clogging the system by bringing cases to the high court that properly belong in the lower courts.
It hasn’t been a good month for the banks in court. Two major cases have gone against them, making it much harder for them to litigate financially distressed clients into surrender.

11 October 2018

The 11-year-old disabled girl who was seen being kicked by a caregiver at a crèche has been more “clingy” than usual.
Her mother, who does not want to be named, told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday that the child did not want to be alone in her room after the incident.
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