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12 May 2017

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission’s investigation into Premier Helen Zille’s “colonialism” tweets is moving a step further when the rights body serves her papers on Friday.
11 May 2017

The DA has been informed that the South African Human Rights Commission is investigating the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) for its role in denying children the right to a basic education.
07 May 2017

SA’s grandmothers are breadwinners in their old age, and their inability to access decent healthcare quickly impacts on their children,  grandchildren and their entire  communities. Health-e News’ Kim Harrisberg reports.
8 May 2017

The DA will write to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate the sanitation situation at the L&J informal settlement in Ekurhuleni.
29 April 2017

The identity of the 12-year-old boy, whose killing sparked violence in Coligny near Lichtenburg last week, remains a mystery. Despite efforts by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to trace the boy's relatives, no next of kin has come forward to claim the boy's remains.
28 April 2017

South Africa can rid itself of racism but eliminating it would require a concerted effort‚ guests heard at a panel discussion at the Apartheid Museum on Freedom Day. “Is an Anti-Racist South Africa Possible‚” was the theme of the discussion‚ hosted in partnership with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. University of Pretoria’s Professor Christi van der Westhuizen said: “When it comes to confronting race‚ white people should address it and take on other white people for racism.” Academic Sithembile Mbete agreed‚ but said black people with access to capital and state power would also have to make sacrifices and spread the benefits they had received from being accepted into white supremacy.
The Witness 27 Apr 2017

Locals clean up after overnight looting, when protesters took to the streets to demonstrate the death of a boy in Coligny, North West province, yesterday.
COLIGNY — After more than 70 years of conducting business in Coligny in the North West, a business owner says he is closing his shop after it suffered nearly half a million rands in damage during violent protests this week. “We are heartbroken because it is not only our shop, it is the whole town that’s been destroyed,” Buddy Shalala, who owns a furniture shop, told News24 yesterday. He said his family has been operating the business in the area since 1928.
“At the moment it’s very difficult to ascertain the damage but it must be close to half a million.”
25 April 2017

Cape Town – Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) claim foreign nationals held at the Lindela Repatriation Centre have been assaulted, intimidated and their human rights violated by contracted private security officers of the Bosasa Group.

The lawyers want an inquiry into the what they called complaints of abuse and human rights violations at the facility, an action the Scalabrini Centre has welcomed.
20 April 2017

The majority of the cases involved unlawful arrests and mistreatment of suspects.

JOHANNESBURG - The portfolio committee on police has revealed the SAPS racked up a staggering R14 billion in civil claims in the last financial year.
21 April 2017

A common theme emerged at a panel discussion on policing and rights on Friday – police officers regularly violate the human rights of marginalised minorities such as sex workers and members of the lesbian‚ gay‚ bi-sexual‚ transgender‚ questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) community.
21 April 2017

The discussions formed part of a two-day meeting held by the SA Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg to try and find ways to address problems in the SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The ill-treatment of migrants, refugees and sex workers has come under the microscope at a dialogue on the state of policing in South Africa, with calls for men and women in blue to treat all people with dignity.

21 April 2017

Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission will investigate Western Cape premier Helen Zille’s tweets about colonialism.

“A complaint was received in regards to the violation of a human right. The complaint said the tweet could constitute violation of something in the Bill of Rights,” SA Human Rights Commission spokesperson Gushwell Brooks said on Friday.
21 April 2017

The SAHRC says police need to be more sensitive to human rights when executing their duties.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has heard that pre-trial detention, accountability and the use of force by police officers need urgent attention in South Africa.
20 April 2017

Civil claims totalling more than R14-billion rand – mainly for alleged human rights violations - were received by the police ministry in the last financial year.

This was revealed on Thursday by the chairperson of the portfolio committee on police‚ Frans Beukman in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ during a dialogue on police and human rights hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum.
20 April 2017

Johannesburg – The escalation of the amount of civil claims against the SAPS over the past two financial years is of concern, Parliament’s police portfolio committee chairperson said on Thursday.
19 April 2017

Kimberley - The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape province says it will consult the office of the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission following alleged unfair ward committee elections that took place in Roodepan.

The DA Provincial Leader, Andrew Louw, says the municipality failed to ensure that the ward committee elections for Ward 1 were free and fair. He says last night community members were influenced to vote for names that were on a predetermined list of ward candidates who had been handpicked by the ANC. Louw says they are calling to the speaker of the municipality to launc.

Source: OFM
19 April 2017

Momberg’s trial was postponed several times after she axed her previous lawyer.

A date has been set for estate agent Vicky Momberg to finally take the stand next month after the case of crimen injuria against her was postponed by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court.
17 April 2017

Foreign and local currency bonds were downgraded to the "junk" level, following a similar move from the S&P rating agency earlier this week.

"I am marching to get the ANC to take us seriously and respect our wishes by letting the president go", said one of the protestors to Reuters.
13 April 2017

Human rights commissioner in Port Elizabeth to look at embattled facilities

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Chris Nissen was in Port Elizabeth this week to inspect frail care facilities – as the saga around moving 239 patients from Life Esidimeni facilities to facilities run by non-government organisations continues.
17 April 2017

Media24 has launched an investigation following its publication of the controversial blog “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” on Huffington Post South Africa.

The blog was posted on April 13 but removed from the publication's website on April 15‚ after it could not “confirm the veracity of the source”‚ a Media24 statement said.
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