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22 September 2020

The Psychological Society of SA has asked the Constitutional Court to reinstate an order by the high court requiring an unconditional apology from former high commissioner to Uganda Jon Qwelane.
22 September 2020

The SAHRC says its provincial office will investigate the serious allegations of human rights abuse levelled against KwaSizabantu.
It viewed the allegations in a serious light, said SAHRC CEO advocate Tseliso Thipanyane.
The CRL Rights Commission has asked those directly affected to share their stories to assist its official probe.
21 September 2020
 
CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has appealed to the South African Police Service (SAPS) to track down the killer of anti-gang unit commander Charl Kinnear.
20 September 2020

A former commissioner of the SA Human Rights Commission, Danny Titus, has died at the age of 63.
The commission said Titus died on Friday, after being in a coma since undergoing eye surgery in July.
He is survived by his two daughters, Daléne and Neriska, who shared their memories of their dad, praising him for being a devoted family man in addition to living a life worthy of being emulated, describing him as “kind, intelligent and generous”.
19 September 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG - South African rights groups have vowed to petition the United Nations and African Union over the latest ruling that the country's Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya cannot compete unless she takes hormone-suppressing drugs.
Switzerland's Supreme Court last week dismissed Semenya's appeal against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on eligibility criteria for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).
19 September 2020

This comes after Caster Semenya lost her appeal to Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court against the restriction of testosterone levels in female runners.
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says it will engage with government, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the United Nations to ensure that what it calls ‘discriminatory’ regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) are not implemented.
19 September 2020
 
Former SA Human Rights Commission commissioner Danny Titus died on Friday at the age of 63.
Titus had been in a coma since the end of July after complications arose during an operation to remove a cataract.
The SAHRC remembered Titus as a historian, linguist and academic beyond his human rights work.
18 September 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG - South African rights groups have vowed to petition the United Nations and African Union over the latest ruling that the country's Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya cannot compete unless she takes hormone-suppressing drugs.
Switzerland's Supreme Court last week dismissed Semenya's appeal against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on eligibility criteria for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD).
17 September 2020
 
The buildings that were built to house Mayibuye Primary School, but have not been given an occupancy certificate due to dangerous conditions. The R82 million school premises cannot be used due to it being built in a waterlogged area in Tembisa, 7 September 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney
The school remains unoccupied with no sign of life due to a sewage leak, which runs from outside the facility right throughout the premises.
17 September 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Wednesday conduct a site inspection at Mayibuye Primary School in Tembisa after the school was built on an unsuitable site.
16 September 2020

The SAHRC says its assessment of the Mayibuye Primary School in Midrand shows no proof it is built on a wetland.
It says the running sewage from outside the school that is spilling inside its premises needs to be sorted out urgently.
Foul odours are emanating from the area where the school is built due to the sewage.
14 September 2020

Cape Town - As the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to convene an inquiry into the advertising industry and its adherence to human rights, Unilever says it was “shocked to discover” the material they had supplied to Clicks.
The London-based multinational consumer goods company said it was also reviewing all its marketing campaigns and images in South Africa.
11 September 2020
 
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) announced on Friday that it will launch an inquiry into the advertising industry relating to racism.
This comes after a TRESemmé advert on Clicks’ website depicted natural black hair as “dry and damaged”, which drew widespread criticism and inspired nationwide protests by the EFF.
08 September 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission wants to meet Clicks officials to get a better understanding into the health and beauty retailer's publication of an advertisement on its website that appeared to demean African hair.
The advertisement, which ran on its website last week, showed a black woman’s hair and described it as being “dry, damaged, frizzy and dull” against that of a white woman's hair, which is described as “colour-treated, fine, flat and normal”. The advert caused huge outrage with the EFF on Monday taking action against Clicks by shutting down several of its branches across the country.
5 September 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomed the release of Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin'ono from detention.
However, the commission says it remains deeply concerned at reports of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
The commission said in a statement it supports calls by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to highlight the importance of respecting freedom from torture and inhumane and degrading treatment.
04 September 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed the release of investigative journalist Hopewell Chin'ono from detention in Zimbabwe.
04 September 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is deeply concerned about reports of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
The commission said on Friday that though it welcomed the release of investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono from detention, it remained apprehensive.
29 August 2020

SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen said they had sufficient evidence of hate speech and that the matter would be referred to the Equality Court.
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has traced the individual responsible for a controversial Twitter account under the name of 'Tracy Zille'.
28 August 2020

The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) says the City of Cape Town has displayed a history of being anti-poor and racist.
The LRC represented the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the court battle over lockdown evictions.
26 August 2020

Khayelitsha residents rebuild their homes after the high court ruled they can remain on city land until their case is heard in full after the lockdown. The court on Tuesday granted an interim relief stating that the city must have a court order to evict anyone or demolish a home.
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