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4 November 2020

Fikile Ntshangase, a vocal opponent of plans to extend the Somkhele coal mine, was murdered in her home on Thursday night. Photo supplied

Fikile Ntshangase was part of a group lobbying for the protection of communities’ rights to a safe and clean environment, and opposed to the extension of Somkhele mine.
4 November 2020

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned over the safety of human rights activists, particularly in mining communities.
23 October 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Free State is engaging with multi-stakeholders, including farmers, the SAPS, and the community of Paul Roux, about tensions that erupted following the murder of Brendin Horner.
22 October 2020

Cabinet has sent condolences to the family and friends of Dr Vuyokazi Mahlati, who was the Chairperson of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture.
20 October, 2020
 

SAHRC confirms probe into 'coloured' teacher who self-identified as 'African'

Is the official use of apartheid-era racial categories a human rights violation?

It’s a question the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is due to answer after the organisation confirmed it was looking into a race row involving a Western Cape teacher.
20 October 2020


Meanwhile, the situation in the shelters appeared to be dire. IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe said she visited both sites, and found no social distancing, wearing of masks and other measures to prevent Covid-19.
18 October 2020

The party lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission against Economic Freedom Front leader Julius Malema and his party’s members, who were heard singing “shoot the boer” during demonstrations in Senekal on Friday.
16 October 2020

FF Plus leader Pieter Groenewald says it is time action is taken against Malema ‘in the interests of everyone in the country’.


The Freedom Front (FF) Plus has lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and party supporters for singing “Kill the Boer” in Senekal, Free State on Friday.
14 October 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accorded the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Priscilla Jana, a special category two provincial funeral.
13 October 2020

Durban - TRIBUTES have been pouring in for renowned human rights lawyer Priscilla Jana, who died on Saturday, aged 76.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said the country “has lost a giant who sacrificed herself selflessly for us all to enjoy the fruits of the constitutional democracy that we enjoy today”.

12 October 2020

The South African Communist Party (SACP) sends its deepest condolences to the family of Priscilla Jana, who died on Saturday 10 October 2020, aged 76. Popularly known as a peoples’ lawyer, Jana, a human rights lawyer, selflessly represented many political prisoners during the apartheid era, most notably Solomon Mahlangu who was hanged by the apartheid regime.
11 October 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa has lost a human rights icon and a formidable legal intellect with the passing of South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson Priscilla Jana.

Ms Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana passed away on Saturday, 10 October 2020, at the age of 76.
8 October 2020

Pretoria - A Silverton Business Park company will undergo sensitisation and courses provided by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after strip-searching 28 female employees following the discovery of a used sanitary pad in the bathroom.
7 October 2020

Actions of staff at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital during a strike violated human rights by denying a “considerable number” of patients the right to access healthcare services, an SA Human Rights Commission inquiry has found almost two-and-a-half years after the incident, writes MedicalBrief.
06 October 2020
 
The actions of staff at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, who embarked on a strike in May 2018, were tantamount to a human rights violation as they denied a considerable number of patients the right to access health-care services.
5 October 2020

SAHRC has bemoaned the lack of action on numerous Special Investigating Unit (SIU) reports over the last few years.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has proposed a review of the Public Protector Act in order to enhance efforts to combat corruption. In a webinar earlier today, the SAHRC said it would like to see a tightening of existing legislative frameworks.
The organisation has also bemoaned the lack of action on numerous Special Investigating Unit (SIU) reports over the last few years.
The outcry over COVID-19 looting and last week’s arrest of a number of politicians and a businessman around the Free State asbestos tender has revived discussions around corruption.
30 Sep 2020
 
MTN has been hauled to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), over claims of discrimination, by a black empowerment consortium, which wants the telco investigated for allegedly violating the Bill of Rights when conducting business.
Eliovect, the black economic empowerment outfit, lodged a complaint with the human rights watchdog in July for alleged discrimination, claiming MTN backed out of an agreed contract to distribute airtime.

27 September 2020


Dr Danny Titus passed on at the age of 63.
Friends and family mourned the loss of former Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission, Dr Danny Titus. He passed on last Friday.
22 September 2020

In 2008 contraversial columnist Jon Qwelane wrote an article in which he compared homosexuality to bestiality.
The Constitutional Court will hear today (Tuesday) the case of Jonathan Dubula Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission, addressing the issue of hate speech against members of the LGBTI community.
22 September 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) met with various Gauteng departments on Tuesday to find solutions which would see the currently unoccupied R82 million Mayibuye Primary School in Midrand operational in the 2021 academic year.
SAHRC Gauteng head Buang Jones told News24 that the commission met with the Gauteng Department of Education, the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) and the City of Johannesburg to iron out a way forward.
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