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21 January 2017

River FM 87.6, the campus radio station of the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) is starting the year off on an exciting note by participating in a national human rights campaign.
07 February 2017

Members of The Chinese Association in Gauteng have laid charges against people making xenophobic and racist remarks against Chinese nationals on social media in recent weeks.

"The xenophobia directed at the Chinese community is of great concern, in the face of past tragic xenophobic experiences in our country, directed at other minority communities," the association said in a statement on Tuesday.
06 February 2017

Durban - The FW de Klerk Foundation has made its submissions to the South African Human Rights Commission on racism and social media in South Africa.

The foundations spokesperson, Dr Theuns Eloff, said hearings were scheduled to take place on February 15 and 16, this year.
24 January 2017

While the incident sparked outrage‚ some of them will not be taking any action against the church as they say the problem with hate speech towards the LBGTI community is common and needed a long‚ lasting solution.

Lerato Phalakatshela‚ hate crime manager at the OUT‚ a clinic for the LGBTI community‚ said the organisation has been in talks with the South African Council of Churches and the Department of Justice to find common ground on hate speech.
31 January 2017

Cape Town – Deep concern has been expressed by the Save Somali Community (SSC) alleging that their countrymen are being targeted in Western Cape townships. At least eight Somali shopkeepers have been killed in just over a month. “We feel like we are under attack. Our traders are now fearful to even step outside their shops, and instead remain inside their stores." "We are not sure what the motive is, but it is a big concern for us all,” said Abdi Alas Gure of the SSC. He said it appeared that their “brothers” who owned businesses in the townships were being victimised.
03 February 2017

How long will this licensing office be allowed to continue verbally abusing clients, who will suffer in silence just to keep the peace?

Today I am forced to report some gross racial discrimination at the Port Shepstone licensing office.

On January 26, my wife and I were patiently waiting in a queue of about 35 people at the licensing office, after joining the queue at 9.30am. Initially I calculated that the office was capturing and handling one person every 15 minutes.

From 10.45am, only one person per hour was allowed into the capturing office. We noticed that about 20 candidates who qualified for learners’ licences were treated preferentially in the capturing room.
03 February 2017

Cape Town – Parents of pupils at Uitzig Secondary School, which the Western Cape education department wants to close down, have been urged to seek alternative schools to accommodate their children.

The department said it had sent letters to the parents on Thursday.

On Friday the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited the school and said it was in a "deplorable" condition.

Parents of pupils at 'deplorable' Uitzig high urged to seek alternative schools
02 February 2017

“A single short document of 30 articles”—the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights—“has probably had more impact on mankind than any other document in modern history,” said Navi Pillay, then-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in 2008. Half a century ago, in December 1966, the United Nations formally translated the rhetorical promises from that declaration into legally binding obligations with the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Since then, global efforts to monitor and track human rights violations have grown exponentially.

The recently released report by the Health Ombudsman, Malegapuru Makgoba has revealed that at least 94 mental health patients died in Gauteng, after they were transferred from Life Esidimeni Centre.

01 February 2017

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu has resigned following damning findings by the health ombudsman that ninety-four patients in South Africa died after being moved from the Life Esidimeni hospital to various NGOs said Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba at a press conference in Pretoria.

“This is a provisional number because…not all the information we could get from the NGOs was often complete... I suspect the number is higher,” said Makgoba.
24 January 2017

While the incident sparked outrage‚ some of them will not be taking any action against the church as they say the problem with hate speech towards the LBGTI community is common and needed a long‚ lasting solution.

Lerato Phalakatshela‚ hate crime manager at the OUT‚ a clinic for the LGBTI community‚ said the organisation has been in talks with the South African Council of Churches and the Department of Justice to find common ground on hate speech.
25 January 2017
 
The South African Human Rights Commission regards the non-compliance by the DBE, and the consequent non-delivery of textbooks, in a very serious light
 
LIMPOPO – Limpopo MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe said the department will finish delivering stationery packs to schools in the province by the end of the week.
23 January 2017

The Principal of Manyano Primary School at Mhluzi township of Middelburg in Mpumalanga accused of assaulting 14-year-old Siphamandla Choma leaving him wheelchair bound, has been suspended. This follows an investigation conducted by the Provincial Department of Education on the alleged assault of this boy who was accused of stealing R150.
24 January 2017

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) paid a surprise visit to the severely vandalised Uitzig Secondary School in Cape Town on Tuesday, ahead of a protest by pupils outside the provincial legislature to demand that it is repaired and guarded.

Provincial SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen and colleagues took in the stripped kitchen, smashed toilets, plundered electricity cables, as well as a trench dug by thieves who stole water pipes.
24 January 2017
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says it’s disturbed by reports of an East Rand restaurant which refuses to allow same-sex couples to dine at their establishment on certain days.
20 Jan 2017

President Zuma this morning, 20 January 2017, met with the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Adv Bongani Majola at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Pretoria.

It was their first meeting since the appointment of Adv Majola in December last year.
21 January 2017
 
The SA Human Rights Commission is investigating whether the rights of a woman who was photographed sitting in a cage in the back of a bakkie, were violated.
18 January 2017

The report stated that our government is failing to guarantee the right to education for many children and young adults with disabilities.

Reacting to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, The SA Human Rights Commission is calling on the Basic Education Department to do more to ensure that children with disabilities have access to education.
17 January 2017
 
Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schafer has promised to accommodate 7‚900 unplaced learners in schools by the end of the month.
 
She also agreed to report to the South African Human Rights Commission on a weekly basis on progress made to accommodate the learners.
18 January 2017
 
A South African pastor namely Prophet Theo Bongani Maseko, allegedly made his congregants drink ‘Engine Cleaning Fluid’ in order to demonstrate God’s power to them. Photos of the incident appeared on Facebook, showing congregants drinking the fluid with the caption: “The fullness of Christ is in this bottle. Healing and strange deliverance #Mark16:17 -18.”
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