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6 March 2019

Cape Town – South African Human Rights commissioners (SAHRC) André Gaum and Chris Nissen reacted with shock at the conditions under which pupils at Tsitsa and Nalikamva primary schools in Mfuleni were taught.
Yesterday, they witnessed first-hand how teachers dealt with more than 100 pupils each day.
5 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomed the Cabinet decision of February 28, to refer the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) to Parliament.
“The Commission would like to commend the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Honourable John Jeffery for his role and support in this regard,” SAHRC spokesperson Gail Smith said in a statement.
4 March 2019

South Africa signed OPCAT in September 2006, but was yet to ratify the protocol, the SAHRC said.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday welcomed the Cabinet’s referral for ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) to parliament.
3 March 2019

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says human rights violations have increased in South Africa. The commission says one of the contributing factors is the fact that many South Africans have no respect for the rule of law.
01 March 2019

Amid a surge in racism, the South African Government on Thursday announced the approval of the long-awaited National Action Plan to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
26 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has welcomed a decision by the Equality Court, which ordered a Springs family to pay a former worker R200,000 in damages after force-feeding him faeces. Joseph Mona was allegedly called a "useless k****r" by his employer‚ Harry Leicester‚ in December 2017 after he failed to switch on a septic tank pump.
26 February 2019

Concerns regarding the lack of water and adequate sanitation in the North West will come under the spotlight when the provincial department of local government and human settlements meet with the municipality of Bojanala on Tuesday.
26 February 2019

DURBAN - The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) yesterday announced the court date when the matter of whether gratuitous displays of the old official flag of apartheid South Africa constitutes hate speech, unfair discrimination and harassment based on race will be heard.
In February 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that it had made an application to the Equality Court for an order declaring this.
23 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on SuperSport employees to make submissions that could help in its investigations into allegations of racism. The call comes after former Springbok winger, Ashwin Willemse, made racism allegations against two of his colleagues Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.
23 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the increasing cases of sexual abuse at schools.

The commission yesterday visited the Curro Academy in Mahikeng, North West, following reports that a nine-year-old boy was raped at the school while waiting for transport. The school failed to produce CCTV footage of the school's premises showing the incident due to load-shedding occurring during the alleged incident.
21 February 2019

An official at Sasol Secunda has accused the petrochemical giant of intentionally polluting the Vaal River. The employee made submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) inquiry into the contamination of the river, held at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.
21 February 2019

Cape Town - Ashwin Willemse's fight against SuperSport is going full steam ahead with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) set to investigate alleged racism and discrimination at the pay channel.
It has been nine months since former Springbok wing Willemse walked off a live broadcast during a Super Rugby match, later accusing co-analysts Nick Mallett and Naas Botha of racism.
21 February 2019

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday called on employees and independent contractors working at SuperSport to make submissions on potential racism at the channel.
11 February 2019

SA Rugby is being dragged to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after a group of black fans were allegedly racially abused at Loftus during the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and New Zealand in October last year.
They were also ridiculed as members of the Economic Freedom Fighters because of the red jerseys they were wearing.
07 February 2019

Edward Zuma has settled his long-overdue fine for hate speech directed at two ANC stalwarts.
A day before the matter was set to go back to the Durban Equality Court, Zuma's attorneys told the court in a letter that their client had settled his debt.
05 February 2019

The SouthAfrican Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said on Tuesday it was appalled by inappropriate comments on social media about the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy.
04 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to investigate comments by Black Fight Land First (BLF) spokesperson, Lindsay Maasdorp, in which he celebrated the tragedy at Hoërskool Driehoek.
02 February 2019

BLF spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp tweeted that the death of three children should be celebrated as it showed that ‘God is listening’.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Youth will ask the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate remarks allegedly made by Black First Land First (BLF) over the tragedy at Driehoek High School in Gauteng, in which three pupils died and 23 were injured.
02 February 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will hold government accountable after a walk way collapsed at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark on Friday.
1 February 2019

The Human Rights Commission has found that disruptions in schools in the Eldorado Park area and ructions in the community were racially motivated. The commission launched an investigation following several incidents of school disruptions, violent protests, and allegations of racism which have often erupted in the area. The protests had resulted in people being prevented from leaving the area to go to work or school, business robberies, threats of violence and heavy-handed responses from police.
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