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24 March 2017

A landmark ruling unfolded last week when the Seshego Magistrate’s Court ordered the Limpopo Department of Education to pay R60,000 in personal compensation to Nare Mphela, a transgender woman from Ga-Matlala village. The case, which was officially brought to the court by the South African Human Rights Commission on November 14, 2016, is hailed as a triumph for LGBTIQ+ rights in South Africa. However, the story has its roots as far back as 2014, with Mphela only now, emerging from her bureaucratic purgatory. By KELLYN BOTHA.
22 march 2017

Jackie CarrollBy: Jackie Carroll

Education is a fundamental human right and the foundation upon which other rights are built on. Without education, an individual cannot realise their full potential. Basic education is one of the focus areas identified by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in order to fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of all human rights in South Africa effectively.
March 21, 2017, By Jacaranda FM News

South Africa commemorates the Sharpeville massacre today, when police shot and killed 69 people during a protest against the apartheid government's pass laws.
March 21, 2017

With Anti-Racism Week coming to a close today, 21 March Reviewonline spoke to Victor Mavhidula, Provincial Manager of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo, on his thoughts about Anti-Racism Week.
Tuesday 21 March 2017 21:07

The South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Bongani Majola, says young people should honor Human Rights Day and continue to fight for access to education as part of their Human Rights.

Commemorating the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 people killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest near Vereeniging south of Johannesburg, the South African Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Advocate Bongani Majola, says young people should continue to demand their right to education as it is also a human right.  
20th March 2017

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission, calling for an investigation into maladministration within the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which threatens drinking water supply and quality in South Africa.

According to Outa, water management is deteriorating yearly and the root cause of the problem is a lack of monitoring and enforcement by government.
04 March 2017

The matter of the continuous opposition of the building of a masjid in Knysna by the non-Muslim community in the town will now be dealt with in the Western Cape High court.

While the Knysna Municipality has pledged its full support behind the building of the masjid by the Knysna Muslim Council (KMC) a group of local home owners and concerned citizens have objected to the project.
Pretoria – South Africa will commemorate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2017, in Ginsberg, King William’s Town, in the Eastern Cape.   

Themed “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”, the day will be used to raise awareness and promote respect for basic human rights.
21 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is deeply concerned by reports of escalating violence aimed at foreign nationals in Gauteng.

This comes after several houses were destroyed in Rosettenville, Johannesburg and shops were looted in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.
21 February 2017

South African continues to be characterised by deep and growing inequalities‚ says the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The human rights watchdog was presenting its Human Rights Budget Speech in Johannesburg‚ which was delivered by Daniel McLaren‚ senior researcher at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII).
21 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has voiced its "strong condemnation" for acts of violence directed at foreign nationals.

Commenting on community violence in Pretoria West over the weekend and on Monday and in Rosettenville‚ Johannesburg‚ in the preceding week‚ the commission said in a statement: "We understand that the police are still investigating the facts relating to the two incidents and would wait until the investigation yields more information. The Commission is against and condemns any violent attacks on persons on the basis that they are foreign nationals and any destruction of property as both violate human rights of people‚ despite the reason."
21 February, 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has voiced its "strong condemnation" for acts of violence directed at foreign nationals.

Commenting on community violence in Pretoria West over the weekend and on Monday and in Rosettenville‚ Johannesburg‚ in the preceding week‚ the commission said in a statement: "We understand that the police are still investigating the facts relating to the two incidents and would wait until the investigation yields more information. The Commission is against and condemns any violent attacks on persons on the basis that they are foreign nationals and any destruction of property as both violate human rights of people‚ despite the reason."
20 February 2017

The SAHRC has been asked to investigate whether more patients died outside of Gauteng.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will investigate whether more psychiatric patients have died in provinces besides Gauteng as a result of being moved from Life Esidimeni centres in the country to NGOs, according to The Star.
17 February 2017

Racist and inflammatory comments on social media against people of Chinese descent will not be tolerated‚ said the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The Chinese Commission in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ laid a complaint with the SAHRC on Friday in connection with comment posted on social media‚ saying they incited violence and harm against Chinese people and their children.
15 February 2017

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission will host a two day National Investigative Hearing on racial discrimination beginning on Wednesday.

Policymakers, researchers and civil society organisations are expected to make submissions.
Feb 16, 2017

Of the cases investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Limpopo those of equality based on racial discrimination are in the majority. This is followed by complaints about hate speech.
16 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has concluded its national hearing on racism and social media in South Africa and says a report will be out in two months.

The two day event was a response to the overwhelming amount of complaints the commission receives that are related to race or racism.
16 February 2017

JOHANNESBURG – An investigative hearing into racism and social media kicked off in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Wednesday at the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC’s) offices.

The SAHRC engaged with key stakeholders, including the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the SA Police Service (SAPS), and Helen Suzman Foundation on their submissions of what measures can be used to punish racial hate speech on the social media platforms.
15 February 2017

Johannesburg - Social media platforms should not be used as a scapegoat for the rise in hate speech online because they only mirror what society already feels, a Facebook representative said on Wednesday.

Blaming social media platforms for this would be unfair, as their main purpose was to encourage freedom of expression, director of public policy for Facebook’s Africa division Ebele Okobi said.
15 February 2017

Former Constitutional Judge Justice Albie Sachs says there is no silver bullet to cure racism on social media.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is hosting a two day national hearing on the scourge.
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