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17 October 2018

Western Cape head of the SA Human Rights Commission Chris Nissen has called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to make good on his promise to hold a moratorium on farm evictions.
Online publication GroundUp has reported that Ramaphosa failed to uphold a promise made in 2014.
16 October 2018

Over 150 residents of Hartbeespoort on Friday marched to deliver a memorandum of demands at the local police station.
The residents are demanding that racism stop in the community.
Azania Mosaka spoke to Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative spokesperson Russel Baloyi about their experiences in the community.
Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort.
15 October 2018

Banks are clogging the system by bringing cases to the high court that properly belong in the lower courts.
It hasn’t been a good month for the banks in court. Two major cases have gone against them, making it much harder for them to litigate financially distressed clients into surrender.

11 October 2018

The 11-year-old disabled girl who was seen being kicked by a caregiver at a crèche has been more “clingy” than usual.
Her mother, who does not want to be named, told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday that the child did not want to be alone in her room after the incident.
10 October 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to apply the same standards on other Ministers and other public office bearers as he did on former minister Nhlanhla Nene.
09 October 2018

Velaphi Khumalo asked South Africa to be cleansed of whites, like Hitler did to Jews. By Ciaran Ryan for GROUNDUP.
ANC member Velaphi Khumalo let rip on Facebook that South Africa needed to be cleansed of whites. He said whites needed to be treated as Hitler treated the Jews.
He was responding to an earlier racist comment on social media from Penny Sparrow, who referred to blacks as “monkeys”.
Both, no doubt, have come to rue their remarks. Both recanted. But Judge Roland Sutherland of the Equality Court in Johannesburg was not satisfied with Khumalo’s retraction, especially after Khumalo more recently decided it wasn’t hate speech after all.
09 October 2018

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday said fashion retailer H&M was making significant strides in rectifying its wrongs after an outcry over a clothing item that featured the words "coolest monkey in the jungle".
The international clothing company caused a stir in January when it advertised the green hoodie in an ad with a black child. Amid a public outcry‚ the brand was accused of racism and was forced to shut over a dozen of its South African outlets after calls for boycotts and the trashing of some of its stores.
08 October 2018

Velaphi Khumalo guilty of hate speech after he called on Facebook for the country to be “cleansed” of white people, in the same manner Adolf Hitler targeted Jews…
“The utterances of the respondent are declared to be speech prohibited in terms of Section 10(1) of the Equality Act,” ruled Judge Roland Sutherland.
06 October 2018

The high court in Johannesburg declared on Friday that Velaphi Khumalo’s comments that blacks should do to white people what “Hitler did to the Jews” were hate speech.
The court interdicted Khumalo from repeating the comments – and ordered him to‚ if he had not already done so‚ remove all references to the utterances from any social media or other forms of public communication.
06 October 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The Equality Court found former government employee, Velaphi Khumalo, guilty of hate speech.
He called for ethnic cleansing in the country.

06 October 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) lauds the decision by the Equality Court, sitting in the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, in the matter of the South African Human Rights Commission v Velaphi Khumalo and the Legal Resources Centre as Amicus Curiae EQ 6/2016 and EQ1/2108.
06 October 2018

A three-day inquiry hearing of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was engaged by various water bodies that called for intervention and rescue plans by Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM).
06 September 2018

"You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens." This quote has been credited to a variety of prominent historic figures such as Aristotle and Mahatma Ghandi. It has also evolved with time and has been applied in differing contexts.
Within the South African context, former president Thabo Mbeki also made reference to it. He wrote that one of the yardsticks by which to measure a society's respect for human rights, and to evaluate its level of maturity and generosity of spirit, is the status it accords to the most vulnerable members of society such as disabled people, senior citizens and children.
05 October 2018

The Pretoria High Court finds that access to justice is denied when banks drag cases into high courts. By Ciaran Ryan.

The Pretoria High Court struck another blow on behalf of distressed debtors last week. A full bench of three judges ruled that magistrate's courts should be the first port of call for financial institutions seeking judgment against their clients, where matters fall within the lower courts' monetary jurisdiction.
05 October 2018

The government official stood trial for his utterances calling for the ‘cleansing’ of ‘the country of white people’. 
Velaphi Khumalo, who posted racial slurs against white people in a Facebook tirade two years ago, has been found guilty of hate speech by the Equality Court in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.
05 October 2018

In a moment of anger, ANC member Velaphi Khumalo let rip on Facebook that SA needed to be cleansed of whites, who needed to be treated as Hitler did to the Jews.
04 October 2018

The unending issues of raw sewage engulfing residents in the North West have once again came to light and this time will be under scrutiny by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Huhudi near Vryburg.
04 October 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned popular DJ Sasha Martinengo for calling EFF leader Julius Malema a monkey.
During the Hot 91.9 FM breakfast show on Tuesday, the now former host, referring to Malema, remarked: “And people still listen to this monkey.”
The station took immediate action and dismissed Martinengo, saying his comment “violated the code of conduct and its commitment to our national democratic values”.

04 October 2018

During his Hot91.9 radio show on Tuesday morning, Martinego said‚ ‘And people still listen to this monkey’, referring to EFF leader Julius Malema

Axed radio presenter Sasha Martinengo had absolutely no excuse for labelling EFF leader Julius Malema a monkey‚ the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says.
04 October 2018

By Mohamed Ahmed

Petty offences have widely contributed to backlogs of cases in African courts, statistics have shown.
The statistics from the International Centre for Prisons on Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire show that the minor offences are among most prosecuted cases in the courts.
At least 119 prison facilities, for instance in Kenya, had an occupancy of 220.7 percent as of August 2016 while in Malawi's 30 prisons, the occupancy level stood at 211.4 percent.
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