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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

23 August 2018

Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) welcome the public statement issued by the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi on 21 August 2018. In what is unprecedented in South Africa, there is acknowledgement, and regret expressed by a political leader that acknowledges the unintended consequences of public statements on migrant safety. Sonke and LHR work in communities where xenophobic violence destroys the fabric of society, especially those communities that struggle to combat crime and where poverty is exacerbated by poor service delivery.
23 August 2018

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) for the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Towns and Labour Sending Areas, in a statement on Thursday, welcomed the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Investigative Hearing Report on the underlying socioeconomic challenges of mining-affected communities in South Africa.
Decent living conditions for mineworkers and the development trajectory of mining towns and labour sending areas remains a core focus for the IMC.
23 August 2018

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has accused mines of failing to communicate adequately, leaving communities and local governments without a clear understanding of how land can be used once operations close.
22 August 2018

JOHANNESBURG, August (ANA) - The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on Wednesday said that racist offenders should face jail sentences, following an video, in which a Johannesburg man, Adam Catzavelos, makes use of the k-word.
22 August 2018

The use of the insulting k-word slur by Johannesburg businessman Adam Catzavelos will be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission‚ attorney Buang Jones said on Wednesday.
22 August 2018

The conduct of Adam Catzavelos‚ who used the k-word in a video that went viral on Tuesday‚ has attracted the ire of political parties.
The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng said it will be opening a criminal case of racism at the Bramley police station on Wednesday afternoon against Adam Catzavelos‚ who recorded a mobile phone video in which he used the k-word. The video went viral on social media.
22 August 2018

A charge of racism has been laid against businessman Adam Catzavelos at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
21 August 2018

JOHANNESBURG - A video of a man - with what sounds like a South African accent - using the k-word to refer to black people while at a beach has caused outrage on social media.
20 August 2018

THE South African Human Rights Commission partnered with Tshwane University of Technology to hold a discussion on blesser culture at institutions of higher learning.
18 August 2018

SA is becoming an increasingly stinking and toxic mess due to ongoing sewage spills that are a symbol of years of bad governance.
South Africa is a stinking mess as many towns and townships have been engulfed by unattended sewage spills that, in some cases, have contaminated the water supply systems of municipalities due to decaying infrastructure and lack of maintenance by councils.
The comes against the backdrop of the recent admission in a report by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize that at least 55 municipalities are distressed or dysfunctional.
17 August 2018

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on police to double their efforts in Kranskop, KwaZulu-Natal following unrest between a local farmer and the community.

After nearly two months of investigation by the GLRU’s independent disciplinary committee, Roodepoort has been cleared of all racism charges

17 August 2018


After months of investigation into the incident between Roodepoort and Wanderers Rugby Clubs, Roodepoort has been cleared of all racism charges by the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU).
30 schools across the province still have asbestos classrooms

17 August 2018

Chloorkop Primary School’s asbestos classrooms remain as Government is dragging its feet.
Mike Waters MP, deputy chief whip of the official opposition, has laid another complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about this.
15 August 2018

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has facilitated an agreement between the Stellenbosch municipality and the people of Kayamandi who occupied land on a local farm.
SA Human Rights Commission, Equal Education and SECTION27 respond to president’s SAFE initiative

15 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission and Equal Education have pointed out that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new campaign to fix school toilets comes just days after the Department of Basic Education decided to appeal against a court ruling that the state must fix school infrastructure.
15 August 2018

Rand Water released a press statement regarding reports of raw sewage in the Vaal dam while access to water comes under scrutiny in the Free State. Here is the weekly water and dam update.

Rand Water released a statement this week responding to recent media reports associating the serious issue of raw sewage in parts of the Vaal River with Rand Water, and further aligning these with the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer’s performance and bonus. They have said that these associations are factually incorrect.
14 August 2018

Roodepoort, Johannesburg Roodepoort Rugby Club (RRC) has been informed of the outcome and decision of the Golden Lions Rugby Union Disciplinary Committee (GLRU DC) decision regarding the incident that took place on Wednesday 25 April 2018 during the match between RRC U21 and Wanderers U21.
13 August 2018

Inadequate sanitation and lack of water supply in the Free State will this week come under the spotlight when parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriation conducts an oversight inspection in areas within the Mangaung and Setsoto municipalities.
11 August 2018

Cape Town - Allegations have surfaced of how an increasing number of farmers in the province use equity schemes to illegally benefit from black economic empowerment.
8 August 2018

JOHANNESBURG- Continuing mine deaths and corporates that flout laws then pay fines were some of the issues brought to the fore at the recent dialogue of Business Accountability for Human Rights.
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