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14 March 2022

Anti-racism activist Zulaikha Patel says advertising agencies behind racist and discriminatory advertisements should be held accountable.

Patel was speaking on the first day of the South African Human Right's Commission's inquiry into racial discrimination or discrimination in advertising.
06 March 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission has slammed the decision not to prosecute anyone for the death of nine-year-old Leo Williams in August 2020. The commission will request a detailed report of the inquest held into his death.
04 March 2022

Minister Ronald Lamola was testifying before the South African Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the unrest.

CAPE TOWN - Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Thursday said he was concerned that there had been no arrests to date of the alleged masterminds behind the orchestrated violence that tore through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July last year.
04 March 2022

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola declared on Thursday that he was as eager as any South African to know who the ringleaders of last July’s civil unrest were, but would not push the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) or police in their ongoing investigations.
03 March 2022

The Equality Court has ruled that two Black First Land First (BLF) leaders have to apologise to all South Africans for social media comments about white children who died when a bridge collapsed at their school.
02 March 2022

The chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has told the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that the army was deployed last July as the country was burning and that the riots were unprecedented.

General Rudzani Maphwanya on Tuesday night told the SAHRC hearing into the unrest, which caused destruction and led to widespread looting in July last year, that the military was roped in to defend and protect the people of the country.
01 March 2022

The mayor of eThekwini municipality, Mxolisi Kaunda, has described the killings in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, during last July’s unrest as “a racist act” that should be dealt with as a criminal offence.

Testifying on Monday before the South African Human Rights Commission’s ongoing hearings into the violence, Kaunda said he became aware through social media of the killings in Phoenix of 36 mainly black people said to have been racially-profiled by residents as possible looters.
01 March 2022

The chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said on Tuesday night that it was not his place to categorise the July 2021 unrest as an attempted insurrection, or anything else for that matter.  
01 March 2022

Residents of the Kwa-Madala hostel in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, say they are optimistic that the visit by the Human Rights Commission in the area will assist in speeding up the development and delivery of basic services.

The commission visited the hostel and businesses that were impacted by the July 2021 unrest to conduct an in-loco inspection. Most of the people living at the hostel are unemployed youth.
01 March 2022

The CEO of Business Unity South Africa believes last year's unrest didn't start in July.

"We believe they started months before when we had the problem of trucks burning, and we believe that what this was - July - was a frontal attack on the entire supply value chain of the country," Cas Coovadia said.

28 February 2022

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda says his knowledge of the July unrest is limited because he was down with Covid-19 at the time.

"Most of the damage had already occurred by then. My personal understanding of the causes was constrained or limited by the fact that I was in isolation and my primary sources of information were the media, social networks and what was told to me by others."
28 February 2022

ollowing his testimony at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday, one could be forgiven for thinking that eThekwini’s mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, single-handedly brought about peace and stability in the metro in the aftermath of the July riots.

So self-assured was the mayor regarding his positive influence on matters that he mentioned the word ‘leader’ – in reference to his own leadership – more than 25 times while giving evidence.  
28 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed alarm at the number of medico-legal claims brought against the Limpopo Department of Health which amounts to a staggering R14 billion.

Although worried, the human rights watchdog is hardly surprised since these claims have been piling up since 2014.

Allegations workshop includes being sworn at, sexual degradation, physical abuse and sleep deprivation

27 February 2022

Employees of a direct-marketing insurance company in Durban have turned to the South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) to save them from a leadership course in which they say they will be sworn at, belittled  and made to cross-dress and sing nursery rhymes — or face being fired.
26 February 2022

A Soweto community leader wants the SAHRC to come up with concrete recommendations that will prevent a repeat of the anarchy that broke out in July last year.

CAPE TOWN - A Soweto community leader wants the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to come up with concrete recommendations that will prevent a repeat of the anarchy that broke out in July last year in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng that left over 300 people dead.

26 february 2022

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said although the failure of law and order was one of the causes of the incidents, there was socio-economic context as well.

DURBAN - Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel on Friday said the country's economic state also contributed to last year's July unrest.
26 February 2022

Police Minister Bheki Cele reiterated the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa when he described the civil unrest that occurred in South Africa in July last year as a "failed insurrection".
26 February 2022

Budgetary constraints and insufficient resources were two issues Police Minister of Police Bheki Cele testified about this week, during the last leg of a South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing into the unrest that caused destruction and led to widespread looting in South Africa in July last year.
25 February 2022

JOHANNESBURG - Community leaders have warned that if no one is held accountable for the July unrest then there is a risk of it happening again.

The South African Human Rights Commission hearings resumed on Thursday with testimony from community leaders from Soweto and Alexandra.
24 February 2022

Former State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo testified at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing on Tuesday, investigating the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
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