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28 February 2022

ollowing his testimony at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday, one could be forgiven for thinking that eThekwini’s mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, single-handedly brought about peace and stability in the metro in the aftermath of the July riots.

So self-assured was the mayor regarding his positive influence on matters that he mentioned the word ‘leader’ – in reference to his own leadership – more than 25 times while giving evidence.  
28 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed alarm at the number of medico-legal claims brought against the Limpopo Department of Health which amounts to a staggering R14 billion.

Although worried, the human rights watchdog is hardly surprised since these claims have been piling up since 2014.

Allegations workshop includes being sworn at, sexual degradation, physical abuse and sleep deprivation

27 February 2022

Employees of a direct-marketing insurance company in Durban have turned to the South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) to save them from a leadership course in which they say they will be sworn at, belittled  and made to cross-dress and sing nursery rhymes — or face being fired.
26 February 2022

A Soweto community leader wants the SAHRC to come up with concrete recommendations that will prevent a repeat of the anarchy that broke out in July last year.

CAPE TOWN - A Soweto community leader wants the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to come up with concrete recommendations that will prevent a repeat of the anarchy that broke out in July last year in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng that left over 300 people dead.

26 february 2022

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said although the failure of law and order was one of the causes of the incidents, there was socio-economic context as well.

DURBAN - Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel on Friday said the country's economic state also contributed to last year's July unrest.
26 February 2022

Police Minister Bheki Cele reiterated the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa when he described the civil unrest that occurred in South Africa in July last year as a "failed insurrection".
26 February 2022

Budgetary constraints and insufficient resources were two issues Police Minister of Police Bheki Cele testified about this week, during the last leg of a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing into the unrest that caused destruction and led to widespread looting in South Africa in July last year.
25 February 2022

JOHANNESBURG - Community leaders have warned that if no one is held accountable for the July unrest then there is a risk of it happening again.

The South African Human Rights Commission hearings resumed on Thursday with testimony from community leaders from Soweto and Alexandra.
24 February 2022

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo testified at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on Tuesday, investigating the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
24 February 2022

Unrest in Soweto was inevitable, a community leader has said, due to housing shortages and unemployment.

Soweto community leader Themba Makhubela gave testimony before the South African Human Rights Commission, during its investigation into the July unrest, on Thursday.

He detailed the socio-economic conditions that had eroded faith in the authorities, saying it was unsurprising the community had begun looting.
24 February 2022

Soweto community leader told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday that it was “immoral” for police to confiscate fresh food, perishables and liquor from households and shacks in the township because residents were suspected of taking part in the July riots.
23 February 2022

Former state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo said her department had, as far back as December 2020, flagged rising instability that undermined South Africa’s security.
23 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is expected to continue with the second leg of the national investigative hearings into the July 2021 unrest which erupted mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The unrest caused billions of rand in damage to infrastructure and businesses, while hundreds of lives were lost during the violence that erupted.
23 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), in the Eastern Cape, has launched an investigation into the quality of tap water in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMBM) and Buffalo City Municipality (BCM).

The Commission says the investigation will allow it to engage the two metropolitans on tap water-related concerns.
22 February 2022

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says intelligence reports regarding the July 2021 unrest were freely available.

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo says intelligence reports regarding the July 2021 violent unrest were available and sent out to the relevant structures.

20 February 2022

The purpose of the meeting is to update parents on the progress made by the SAHRC’s investigation, and to listen to their concerns.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is scheduled to meet with Hoërskool Jan Viljoen parents this afternoon, following the postponement of a meeting planned for earlier this week.
18 February 2022

The SAHRC will now start testing the pan to see if the levels of E.coli drops in the lake as well as look for potential guilty parties that might be the source of industrial waste that ends up in the pan.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited Wemmer Pan on February 15 after receiving a complaint about the pollution and the stench coming from the lake.
18 February 2022

Cape Town - The Constitutional Court has given former Cosatu international relations spokesperson Bongani Masuku 30 days to apologise to the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) for harmful comments he made against South African Jews in 2009.
18 February 2022

Black First Land First (BLF) spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has been ordered by the equality court to delete any offending statements from his social media feeds and not to advocate for the killing of, or violence against, any group in SA.
16 February 2022

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be visiting the Wemmer Pan on Tuesday morning to inspect the pollution and contamination that's already posing major health and environmental risks.
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