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14 May 2021

THE SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched legal action against a Mpumalanga farmer for unilaterally terminating access to water through a borehole for people occupying the land and ignoring its directives.

13 May 2021

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed the progress made by the Western Cape education department in placing pupils in schools.

12 May 2021

Cape town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has convened an inquiry into allegations of a prohibition on the use of Afrikaans at Stellenbosch University (SU).

10 May 2021


Stellenbosch University Rector and Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers on Monday reiterated his denial that Afrikaans is banned on the campus, saying the institution’s approach to language means, "... students have more choices, broader access and a better future as a result".
Apr 21, 2021

Cape Town - Former Klein Akker residents are back in court fighting against yet another farm eviction order. The group of about 77 people has been living on a state-owned farm just outside Kraaifontein for the past two years.
20 Apr 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) received complaints from residents of Kimberley in the Northern Cape regarding alleged water shortages.
17 April 2021

The horrific incident of bullying at a Limpopo school earlier this week, has spurred the Non-profit organisation, 1000 Women Trust, into embarking on a campaign to provide teachers and parents with the skills to address bullying in South African schools.
16 April 2021

The commission visited the Mbilwi Secondary School on Wednesday after a video of Lufuno Mavhunga being attacked by a fellow pupil went viral. The 15-year-old teenager allegedly committed suicide following the assault. Her alleged attacker was arrested on Wednesday.
Apr 15, 2021

The principal of Mbilwa Secondary School in Limpopo, where Lufuno Mavhunga, 15, was bullied which led to her committing suicide, had let the grade 10 learner down, a South African Human Rights Commission prelimary report says.
5 April 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission has initiated an investigation into allegations that students were prohibited from speaking Afrikaans during welcoming programmes and in informal settings.
Since March, Stellenbosch University’s language policy has been under the media’s gaze after misuse and deviation from it have been brought to the fore. At the centre of the debate are two conflicting constitutional rights, and the need for transformation.
31 March 2021

Cape Town - The Public Service Commission (PSC) has joined the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in investigating the issue of unplaced learners in the province, saying it directly affects the constitutional right of learners to education.

Mar 30, 2021

PRETORIA – In a joint statement, the SAHRC and Redefine Properties said the company had committed to conducting cultural and human rights training sessions with all its front-facing staff and management under the guidance of the rights commission within the next three months.
Mar 30, 2021

Johannesburg - A delegation from Redefine Properties, led by chief operations officer Leon Kok, met with Ndebele activist Thando Mahlangu at the Boulders Shopping Centre on Tuesday after a viral video incident at the mall.

30 March 2021

Durban - ACTIVIST, whistleblower and friend of the late former ANC Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa says state institutions tasked with bringing to book those responsible for his friend’s murder have failed to do so.
30 March 2021

The SA Human Rights Commission says it is deeply saddened by the death of Prof Christof Heyns.


“Prof Heyns made an immense contribution in the advancement of human rights,” said the commission.
By Mark Heywood•

29 March 2021

The sudden death of Professor Christof Heyns on Sunday, 28 March, is a terrible loss to his family, academia, the global human rights movement and South Africa. Although Heyns’ name may be unfamiliar to people outside of the human rights movement, his contribution to South Africa, Africa and the world has been enormous.
March 29, 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is hoping for reconciliation between suspended Boulders Mall manager Jose Maponyane and Ndebele activist Thando Mahlangu.
Mar 28, 2021

The City's Anti-Land Invasion Unit (ALIU) came under scrutiny at the Western Cape High Court when the ongoing counter-spoliation case resumed.

27 March 2021

Allegations of racial discrimination by the management of Ons Tuiste old-age home in Louis Trichardt have surfaced and are being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Mar 26, 2021

Cape Town - The rights of evicted people and legitimate means to repel land invasions dominated the recommencing of an application by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the EFF against the City in the Western Cape High Court.
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