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20 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be engaging with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) to reinforce the call for China to act over allegations that African nationals are being mistreated and discriminated against in the country.
20 April 2020

Commissioner Chris Nissen who visited the area said there were still issues inside the camp.
19 Apr 2020

JOHANNESBURG, April 19 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for non-discrimination in the global struggle against the coronavirus (Covid-19).
17 April 2020

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has received harsh criticism that some of its members have been heavy-handed in various communities during the lockdown.
17 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it was concerned over the spate of attacks and burglaries taking place at schools across the country.
13 April 2020

Law enforcement and protesters confront each other in Khayelitsha on Sunday.

City of Cape Town law enforcement shot at land occupiers protesting against the demolition of their shacks in Empolweni, Khayelitsha on Sunday.
10 April 2020

Welkom mayor Nkosinjani Speelman has been suspended for using a racist slur while addressing soldiers on Monday regarding the coloured community of Bronville.
10 April 2020

‘The commission is appalled that Mayor Speelman, a government official and community leader, also encouraged soldiers not to hesitate to shoot and to brutalise the people of Bronville.’
10 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission on Thursday said an apology by Matjhabeng mayor Nkosinjani Speelman for using an offensive term in reference to the coloured community of Bronville would not suffice, confirming that it would launch a full investigation once the national lockdown ends.
8 April 2020

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission has signed a historic agreement with UNICEF.
The agreement is meant to advance children’s rights in all spheres, including policies and actions against COVID-19 regardless of migratory status.
5 April 2020

The enforcement of lockdown regulations has resulted in 38 reported incidents against the police, ranging from murder, assault and rape to discharging of a firearm.
The allegations, lodged with the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), include eight deaths and one rape.
Of these cases, six were “deaths owing to police action” and two emanated from “deaths in police custody”.
According to Ipid spokesperson Sontaga Seisa, the two deaths that occurred in police custody took place in Limpopo.
4 April 2020
 
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating 38 cases brought against police members across the country for reported misconduct during the lockdown period so far.
31 Mar 2020


CAPE TOWN, March 31 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will continue to monitor the observance of human rights throughout the country's coronavirus lockdown.
29 March 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission is probing a video of a white woman giving several black people a tutorial on how to wash their hands.
27 March 2020

The high court in Pretoria has ordered that the justice minister provide witness protection for whistleblower Thabiso Zulu.
The order was made after the South African Human Rights Commission went to court to assist Zulu, a close friend of slain ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa.
24 March 2020

Seasonal farm worker says she was dismissed without full pay and told: "It's because of the virus"
As uncertainty and fear grows amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors. This could see hundreds if not thousands of seasonal farm workers like Elizabeth Pietersen without means to provide for their families.
23 March 2020

By Greg Nicolson

The government is falling short of its responsibility to deliver adequate healthcare and housing rights to Gauteng residents as structural inequality persists, an SA Human Rights Commission report on the province has found.
23 ‎Mar‎ch ‎2020

Johannesburg - As Human Rights Rights Day was commemorated at the weekend, Gauteng’s poorer inhabitants continued to experience lack of access to their basic human rights - despite being in the most urbanised and richest province in the country.
23 March 2020
 
By Ashraf Hendricks

Seasonal farm worker says she was dismissed without full pay and told: "It's because of the virus"
As uncertainty and fear grows amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors. This could see hundreds if not thousands of seasonal farm workers like Elizabeth Pietersen without means to provide for their families.
18 March 2020

DA interim federal leader John Steen­huisen has threatened to institute legal action against the Msunduzi Municipality for exposing residents to health hazards by failing to maintain the toxic New England Road landfill site. Steenhuisen, who conducted an oversight visit to the dump on Tuesday, said the DA would be writing to Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy, calling for the national government to intervene. “We will have to force the municipality to comply with regulations and, if needs be, and as last resort, we will consider partnering those individuals who will be instituting legal action against the Msunduzi Municipality,” he said.
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