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Restoring Dignity


25 Oct 2022

Schools and teachers from Lansdowne, Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas recently attended the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE) project of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) at the Al Ihklaas Academia Library in Lansdowne.

The project is in line with the SAHRC’s mandate to promote respect for human rights in the country.
18 October 2022

SAHRC resumes hearings on complaints of law enforcement brutality during evictions in Western CapeThe South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has kicked off its second round of sittings on allegations of law enforcement brutality during land evictions in the Western Cape.

Commissioner Chris Nissen says they have received several complaints in the Southern Cape and Cape Town on allegations of excessive force being used by law enforcement agencies during removals and demolishing of shacks.
17 OCTOBER 2022

Pretoria - South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairperson Chris Nissen has called on national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola to take drastic action against police officers who abuse members of the public.

Nissen was responding to the startling Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report that revealed that thousands of police officers had been investigated for numerous human rights violations.

In its annual report, Ipid disclosed that it investigated more than 5 000 crimes that were committed by police officers.
17 Oct 2022

Cape Town – The conduct of law enforcement authorities during evictions of land occupiers and their interactions with homeless people in the Western Cape will come under scrutiny when the South African African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) holds its hearings on Tuesday.

This will be the second sitting, the first having been held in April.

The SAHRC said it had “noted a systemic issue in the manner in which the South African Police Service (SAPS), City of Cape Town law enforcement and private security companies conduct themselves during evictions of unlawful occupiers and interactions with homeless persons in the Western Cape”.
11 October 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Free State says it is shocked about the alleged reports at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein that workers are compelled to strip naked in front of their colleagues.
05 October 2022

Cape Town - Controversial Black First Land First member Lindsay Maasdorp has finally issued an apology for comments he made following the death of white learners when a bridge collapsed at Driehoek Hoerskool in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

This came after labour union Solidarity lodged a complaint of hate speech at the Equality Court in Gauteng against the Black First Land First group, and specifically members Lindsay Maasdorp and Zwelakhe Dubasi, for comments they made following the death of four pupils when the school walkway bridge collapsed on February 1, 2019.
05 October 2022

Former Black First Land First (BLF) spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has apologised for utterances he made after the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy which claimed the lives of four pupils in 2019.

His apology comes six months after the equality court ordered him and former BLF deputy secretary-general Zwelakhe Dubasi to apologise for comments they made on social media about white children who died when a bridge collapsed at the Vanderbijlpark school. Dubasi apologised earlier.

27 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched an initiative called the Social Harmony National Effort at the Freedom Park Heritage Museum in Tshwane.

Dignity, harmony, healing and social inclusion have become the pillars on which people globally are rallying to rebuild… We have seen how — despite poverty, inequality and violence — many communities have been able to live the philosophy of Ubuntu,” said SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO, Chantal Kissoon, at the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE).
17 September 2022

Mine management knew about leakages in the Jagersfontein dam wall, but did nothing.

This is according to the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources and energy, which began a three-day oversight visit to the Free State town on Friday.
17 September 2022

If you are a learner who wishes to pursue the law as a profession and maybe want to learn more about how courts and judges operate, just ask Mbilwi Secondary School’s team, who recently took part in the 2021-2022 South African National Schools Moot Court Competition. Andisa Mulovhedzi (16) and Busisiwe Booi (17) did Mbilwi proud when their team ended in second place.
8 October 2022

Johannesburg - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it is concerned about the impact of mining on the environment and on communities as it reflected on the Jagersfontein disaster.

7 September 2022

The University of Johannesburg’s School of Communications says stricter regulations must be put in place in the advertising industry, to ensure that racial discrimination is avoided. The university has been making submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into racial discrimination in the advertising industry. The Commission’s Gauteng provincial office is leading the inquiry which is aimed at addressing the publication of adverts that carry racial undertones in South Africa.
05 Sep 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission says it is extremely concerned about how the Ugu District Municipality and the utility Ugu Water are handling the ongoing water crisis on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

Last month, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) held public hearings in Umhlanga, Durban, into the water shortage crisis in various district municipalities across KwaZulu-Natal.

05 September 202

The inquiry into racism and discrimination in the advertising industry by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) continues this week.
5 September 2022

Sonke Gender Justice says companies who create advertisements with racial undertones, must be held accountable for their actions. This was heard during the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) inquiry into racial discrimination in the advertising industry.
02 September 2022

The president was addressing the South African Human Rights Commission's National Conference on local governance earlier on Thursday.

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged South Africans to refrain from being destructive during protests.
02 September 2022

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) is investigating allegations that a Grade 9 Soweto pupil took his own life after a student teacher mocked him.

News24 previously reported that 15-year-old PJ Simelane Secondary School pupil, Tiro Moalusi, was mocked because he was gay.
02 September 2022

They believe the provincial government is covering up the actual cause of death after the families of the victims said they were told suffocation was the cause of the teenagers’ deaths.

CAPE TOWN - Residents of Scenery Park in East London have lashed at the Eastern Cape government over the toxicology report into the death of 21 teenagers at Enyobeni Tavern.
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