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29 March 2019

The month of March is known as Human Rights Month in South Africa. This year, the country commemorated Human Rights Month under the theme: The Year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture – Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Professor Bongani Majola was interviewed on human rights. Click here for the podcast

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28 March 2019

Osmond Mngomezulu is the Senior Legal Officer at the South African Human Rights Commission and he talks about judgement of the commission on the Julius Malema comment of hate speech. Click here for the podcast.
28 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission, SAHRC says that EFF leader Julius Malema`s comments were offensive, but it do not legally qualify as hate speech. Senior researcher at SAHRC, Dr Shanelle van der Burg made the announcement in Johannesburg earlier today. The Commission had consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech against Malema and other members of his party who have allegedly uttered words towards certain race groups in the country. Senior Legal Officer at SAHRC, Osmond Mngomezulu elaborates. Click here for the podcast.
28 March 2019


The South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Thursday ordered the department of human settlements to finalise its special national housing programme for people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.
The order was made in the commission’s report into the status of mental healthcare in the country, which was prompted by the Life Esidimeni tragedy which claimed the lives of at least 144 psychiatric patients.   
27 March 2019

The Commission released its findings in Johannesburg earlier, after a number of organisations lodged formal complaints.
One of the complaints emanated from a rally in KZN - where Malema accused Indian employers of exploiting black workers.
The Commission dealt with five complaints brought by the FW de Klerk Foundation and various organizations in the private sector.
This includes a complaint that Malema called for land reform and the slaughtering of white people.
27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has ruled on five complaints against EFF leaders Julius Malema and Godrich Gardee, finding that none of the utterances referred to the body legally constitute hate speech.
The statements referred to the commission were made during unrelated and separate occasions between 2016 and 2018.
The complaints against Malema included the singing of the song "Kiss the boer" and his June 2017 comments on Indians ill-treating black people in KwaZulu-Natal.
27 March 2019

Johannesburg - The various comments made by EFF leader Julius Malema do not constitute hate speech, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found.
27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission says that EFF leader Julius Malema's comments are offensive but they do not legally qualify as hate speech.
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's recent statements which include utterances about race do not legally qualify as hate speech.
27 March 2019

Complaints against the EFF members include Malema's call in November 2016 for all land in South Africa to be returned to black people.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission says controversial comments by members of the EFF, including party leader Julius Malema, do not constitute hate speech.
The SAHRC says the commission received five complaints against the party since 2016.
26 March 2019
 
Danny K., who recently stated that not enough white South Africans called out racism. Picture: Instagram/Danny K
The SA Human Rights Commission said 505 racial inequality complaints were lodged in 2015/16, with Gauteng leading at 183 complaints.
Cabinet had decided to put its foot down on racial and related inequalities as it approved the National Action Plan to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which was launched yesterday.
23 March 2019

EFF leader, Julius Malema is known for his radical speeches.
The South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) says it has consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech against EFF leader, Julius Malema and other members of the party. The commission says it will release its findings and recommendations on the matter.
The commission says the right to freedom of expression is not absolute and does not extend to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence, or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.
23 March 2019

The commission has agreed that there is prima facie evidence of foul play at the Kwanyathi village institution.
 
CAPE TOWN - The Education Department has welcomed the investigation by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) looking into alleged human rights violations at school in Lusikisiki
22 March 2019

BRAAMFONTEIN – Now you can report a racial issue at a touch of a button.
 
 
Anti-Racism Network South Africa coordinator Busisiwe Nkosi explains that the Zimele Racism Reporting App (Zirra) was piloted last year but has since been improved and now has the support of the South African Human Rights Commission.
22 March 2019

The Commission accepted the highest number of complaints during the 2016/17 financial year.


As South Africans we will be commemorating Human Rights Day on March 21. The question remains if all South Africans still enjoy equal human rights.
20 March 2019
 
Chapter 9 institutions play a fundamental role in promoting and protecting South Africa’s young democracy. With Human Rights Day on Thursday, Daily Maverick sat down with the CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane to find out how far the fight for human rights has come.
18 May 2019

Through the State Capture Inquiry South Africans have been privy to shocking details of the depths of corruption in the country. State Capture Inquiry was a Commission which is set up to investigate allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the Public Sector including organs of state. The Human Rights Commission recently hosted a panel discussion under the theme "The Impact of Corruption on Human Rights". The objective of the discussion was to understand the level, pervasiveness and form of corruption at local government level; to reflect on the negative effects of corruption on the protection of human rights; and to explore synergies and possibilities for cooperation between different sectors of society in the fight against corruption. INT: Buang Jones, who is the Provincial manager of the Gauteng office for the South African Human Rights Commission`s (SAHRC). Click here for the podcast

Source: SAFM
17 March 2019
 
Following social media posts about a Grade 9 learner at Hyde Park High School, allegedly given detention by a teacher for ‘disrupting’ her natural hair on 8 March.
15 March 2019

Cape Town – This year’s Anti-Racism Week continued placing a greater focus on schools and would host a series of dialogues in various parts of the country.
Anti-Racism Week is held annually from March 14 until 21, culminating on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
13 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus
Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Western Cape has begun a roadshow to educate communities on their human rights.
13 March 2019
    

The Free State office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will soon become a law clinic in order to better deal with local cases brought forward to the commission. This is according to Provincial Manager Thabang Kheswa, during a briefing about the SAHRC’s operations in the coming year.
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