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19 Mar 2023

THE SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC in the province will embarked on a host of activities on Tuesday to commemorate Human Rights Day. The commission will be doing activations in Newcastle and Charlestown tomorrow, when they will be visiting schools, clinics, police stations, the Department of Social Development and taxi ranks in the Amajuba District. Pavershree Padayachee, SAHRC's acting provincial manager, said the commission could not predetermine how the national shutdown called for tomorrow would impact on its planned activities but they would be proceeding with their activities for the week as planned.

22 Mar 2023

THE South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC says it will be engaging with the SAPS following a complaint from the DA on the decision by the Western Cape police to record complainants' statements in English only. SAHRC Commissioner Andre Gaum said: "The Commission received the complaint and will send an allegation letter to South African Police Service SAPS this coming week." DA's spokesperson on police, Okkie Terblanche, said the party would fight the "latest attack" on the language.
23 Mar 2023

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DA CEDERBERG Municipality speaker John Hayes has landed himself in hot water for sharing a picture likening EFF supporters to baboons ahead of the party's march on Monday. The Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it has launched an investigation after receiving a complaint over the matter. The picture with the words "be careful... the EFF strike started. Looting trend in SA" has since been removed from his Facebook page. SAHRC commissioner Andre Gaum said the incident was being dealt with by their provincial department.
23 Jun 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) Gauteng office confirmed it was looking into the grievances of foreign nationals whose livelihoods went up in flames at Yeoville Market amid a recent air of xenophobia.

"The SAHRC calls for everyone to remain law-abiding and resolve issues in a manner acceptable in a democracy," said deputy chairperson Fatima Chohan.

"The commission underscores a move towards social cohesion, while safeguarding the safety and human rights of all living in the area."
13 June 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants the troubled Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg, which is a regional hospital, reclassified as a tertiary hospital.

The commission's Gauteng head Buang Jones said reclassifying the hospital may help solve its problems.
13 Jun 2022

A statement released on Monday by the South African Social Security Agency said ‘payments for the new cycle of the Covid-19 SRD grant (from April 2022) will be paid as from mid-June 2022. Sassa will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous cycle as and when the bank details are confirmed’.
10 June 2022

On Thursday, 9 June, paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Tim de Maayer, who recently exposed the shocking state of children’s healthcare at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, was suspended for ‘serious misconduct’, which prompted a massive outpouring of public support for him. The Gauteng Department of Health has now announced that his suspension has been lifted, saying the matter was ‘resolved amicably’.
28 February 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) acting CEO has been accused of referring to senior managers at the institution as “black babies”.

The comments were brought to the fore by the EFF, which has called for Chantal Kisoon's immediate removal.

According to the EFF, Kisoon allegedly made the remarks during a strategic planning session of the commission on February 23. Staff members who were at the briefing are alleged to have leaked the video.
Feb 27, 2023

Johannesburg - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has not yet commented following damning allegations of racist remarks by acting CEO, Chantal Kisoon.

A video of Kisoon standing and addressing employees during a strategic planning session, believed to have been recorded by staff members, surfaced on social media.

According to reports, Kisson is heard on the video referring to black managers at the commission as “black babies”.


28 Feb 2023

NATION PRESSURE MOUNTS ON SAHRC TO SACK CEO Chantal Kisoon accused of calling staff 'black babies' NICOLA DANIELS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. THE SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC was locked in meetings last night amid calls for the sacking of acting chief executive officer, Chantal Kisoon, for referring to staff as "black babies" during a strategic planning session last week.
27 Feb 2023

SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) employees are aggrieved after the acting CEO of the commission allegedly passed racist remarks against senior black managers, referring to them as "black babies" during a planning session.

According to reports from employees, the disgruntled managers showed the acting CEO, Chantal Kisoon, the door during a meeting in Thaba Eco Hotel in Johannesburg on Thursday and escalated her alleged racial comment to the chairperson of the commission, Bongani Majola.
27 Feb 2023

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16 Feb 2023

A date has been set in July for the High Court in Gqeberha to hear the legal matter between controversial Afrikaans singer, Steve Hofmeyr, and the South African Human Rights Commission.

The Commission has dragged Hofmeyr to court over his remarks on social media that Disney's plan to have more inclusive characters, is to groom children to have sex with animals.

Hofmeyr also said that the LGBTQIA+ community represents bestiality.
12 February 2023


EASTERN CAPE - Two people have died following heavy rains in the Chris Hani District of the Eastern Cape.

Rescue teams are searching for more people who might have been swept away by floods.
13 Feb 2023

MORE than 1000 people were evacuated from Silvertown and eGoli townships in Komani after heavy rainfalls caused floods. The Komani river which runs through the town was overflowing. I Pictures: BHEKI RADEBE NATION Eastern Cape floods claim three lives SOME shacks along the Komani river banks were flooded. Gift of the Givers also arrived in the area to provide aid to the affected communities. CHEVON BOOYSEN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AUTHORITIES have so far confirmed three deaths following devastating floods in the Eastern Cape over the past week. Four local municipalities Enoch Mgijima, Dr AB Xuma, Emalahleni, and IntsikaYethu were affected by the flooding which left road infrastructure and bridges severely impacted, while some have collapsed.
5 Feb 2023

THE South African Human Rights Commission is probing why children in Cape Town, one as old as 13, have never seen the inside of a classroom. The investigation follows the story of a widowed father, Mario Claasen, who has been struggling to admit his three sons, aged seven, nine and 11, to at least three schools for the past five years. The resident of Happy Valley, near Blackheath, said his children have never received formal education after different schools slammed the doors on them despite their hunger to learn. "My eldest son who turns 12 this year cannot even write his name. His sevenyearold brother can because a good Samaritan found and paid for preschool for him to do Grade R. It's heartbreaking," said Claasen. The SAHRC said it would urgently look into the matter and escalated the case to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. "The failure to place the children at school will increase the level of poverty in communities, instead of getting people out of it through education," said commissioner Chris Nissen.
27 January 2023

Cape Town - The tragic deaths of five seasonal farmworkers in the Northern Cape apparently due to an ongoing heatwave in the province has once again put under the spotlight their working conditions, and renewed calls for farmers to put human life before profits.

In total, eight people were confirmed dead, the latest on Monday, as temperatures reached around a scorching 43oC.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it would investigate, among others, claims that the workers’ requests for water while working in the heat were not heeded, while Northern Cape SAPS spokesperson Cornelis Prins said they were investigating four inquest dockets – one in Augrabies and three in the Kakamas area.
21 January 2023

Durban - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that they are investigating the allegations of a Durban mother who claims that her son was contaminated with E coli through tap water.

Laura Garibdass, from Shallcross, alleged that the eThekwini Municipality has not been completely transparent about the purification of tap water. She believes that her son, Yash, 4, was hospitalised for five days due to E coli contamination.

Garibdass claimed that the only way her son became contaminated by E coli was through consuming tap water from their home.
22 January 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission released its final report this week, finding that the claims were unsubstantiated.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade union, Solidarity, said that it hopes that the outcome of the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) investigation into claims of racism at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke serves as a lesson.

The commission released its final report this week, finding that the racism claims were unsubstantiated.
20 Jan 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has issued a final investigative report on the 2019 incident at the Schweizer Reneke school where a teacher was accused of being racist.

The teacher, Elana Barkhuizen was suspended after a photograph of children in her class went viral.

The picture showed black children separated from white children.

The photograph sparked public outrage, with many people labelling the incident as racist.

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