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26 November 2018

Cape Town – A single visit by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to Paarl farmworkers whose water had been cut off without reason for the past two weeks led to the taps suddenly being turned back on.
The farmworkers, who live on Marlenique Estate in Simondium, share taps and communal toilets and said they had been cut from the water grid.
26 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the Xolobeni judgment in which the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the permission of the community is required before mining rights are issued.
Community members have been demanding to assert their right to refuse mining companies the right to extract titanium at the Umgungundlovu area in Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape. This community raised concerns regarding possible displacement from their homes and grazing lands, as well as environmental degradation.
25 November 2018

Orphaned at a young age, Nolwazi Ndlakazi from the Eastern Cape has been living in poverty for the best part of her adult life.
After the birth of her two children, now aged nine and five respectively, she’s been surviving, like many impoverished rural South Africans on her children’s monthly social grant.
23 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is taking its role seriously as a leader in protecting basic human rights as it steps up to probe a purported case of the violation of the right to access clean water and a clean environment, and to human dignity.
The institution is strengthening awareness of the critical importance of water as a basic human right as it investigates claims that residents in the Vaal region have to contend with raw sewage spillage and environmental hazards.
22 November 2018

THE “unacceptably high” staff vacancy rate at special-needs schools and the seeming unwillingness by the authorities to address the problem pose a danger to the pupils.
As a result some abuses won’t be identified or the scourge decreased at the schools’ hostels owing to this dire staff shortage.
22 November 2018

The city made oral submissions at the South African Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, saying they aren’t liable for how raw sewage spillage into the river.
22 November 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission recently expressed its concern over sewerage spilling into the Vaal River.
20 November 2018

Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river.
However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste.
According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation Department, three of Sasol's waste incinerators were closed after failing to comply.
20 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The Environmental Affairs Department says an inter-governmental approach is needed to deal with the contamination of the Vaal River.
19 November 2018

The inquiry will now investigate what could be causing the contamination.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission will begin the second leg of an inquiry into allegations of raw sewage spilling into the Vaal River on Monday.
18 November 2018

Velaphi Khumalo, the man who wrote on Facebook that blacks should do to white people what “Hitler did to the Jews”, on Friday apologised to the nation.
The High Court and Equality Court, sitting in Johannesburg, declared last month that Khumalo’s comments that he made in his January 2006 post were hate speech.
15 November 2018

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected an apology by Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba for his remarks about ebola.  And the Human Rights Commission says it will be contacting Mashaba about his remarks "which could be regarded as a violation of the constitution".
14 November 2018

Rights body is gunning for Herman Mashaba over his controversial comments about ebola.
Mashaba yesterday apologised for his "insensitive" comments following his "citizen's arrest" of an undocumented foreign national transporting cow heads in a trolley in the Johannesburg CBD.
14 November 2018

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has apologised for his comments following a citizen’s arrest of a man transporting cow heads.
Mashaba faced a lot of backlash after tweeting that he had arrested a man who was transporting cow heads on a trolley.
Among other comments he made, Mashaba said at the time that the meat also posed a potential risk of an ebola outbreak.
He was lambasted for, among others, embarrassing a person who was attempting to make a living through the selling of the meat. Others said that instead of ridiculing the man, he should have called in health inspectors and experts to advise him on how he can make his business more professional.
13 November 2018

Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has fired Gideon Phungula as the head of the legal department after he was found guilty of making racist remarks and of trying to influence the outcome of a disciplinary hearing against a senior official.
These charges stem from a telephone conversation that Phungula had with one of the staff members at the city’s legal department.
A probe was initiated after a leaked audio recording of the call started doing the rounds.
12 November 2018

The SANDF is preparing to deploy technical teams to restore infrastructure at the polluted Vaal River system

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is preparing to deploy technical teams to restore infrastructure at the polluted Vaal River system‚ and has warned criminals that troops will protect its equipment.
11 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg's Rahima Moosa Hospital is in urgent need of an upgrade to cope with 13 000 births a year, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
"I commend the visit last week by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate the deaths of nine babies from necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) at the Rahima Moosa Hospital in west Johannesburg," DA MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.
10 November 2018

The hospital violated the right to access healthcare and section 28 of the constitution‚ which says the best interests of children are of paramount importance‚ the HRC says.

Management of the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville‚ Johannesburg‚ has conceded that it violated patients’ rights to high-quality healthcare after nine babies died there earlier in 2018.
10 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The Human Rights Commission has called on the parents of nine infants who died at a Johannesburg hospital to come forward.
9 November 2018

Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa will be subpoenaed by the SAHRC as part of its investigation into the deaths of nine babies at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Baby Hospital in Gauteng.
The infants died as a result of a deadly bacteria outbreak at the hospital earlier this year.
Now the commission is demanding answers.
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