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15 January 2019

The North West Education Department says a decision on the future of a teacher at the centre of racism allegations at a primary school will be announced soon.
Officials have visited Laerskool Schweizer Reneke after a picture of a grade R class went viral sparking widespread outrage.
It’s now emerged that the teacher who took the photograph was suspended and not the teacher in charge of the class.
14 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has stepped in to investigate allegations of racism at a North West primary school in Schweizer-Reneke the school drew the attention of the country. Commissioner Andre Gaum explains. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Source: Voice of the Cape
14 January 2019

SGB chairperson Jozeph du Plessis told the publication on Sunday that the school would be open on Monday.
"We have put appropriate measures in place, but we won't divulge any details at this stage," Du Plessis reportedly said.
This follows a racial row that rocked the sleepy North West town on Wednesday after a photo apparently depicting segregation in one of the school's Grade R classes went viral.
14 January 2019

A member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has landed in hot water after allegedly referring to a civilian as a “straat hotnot”.
This followed a heated argument between the member and Kraaifontein resident Tim van Heerden, who recorded the exchange.
The argument was over Van Heerden’s son and the member's step-daughter and their child.
14 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be back at the school today. SAHRC Commissioner responsible for education, Advocate Andre Gaum, elaborates. Click here to listen to the podcast

Source: SABCNews
14 January 2019

Another school in the North West has been rocked by allegations of racism.

Learning at Hoërskool Stilfontein has been suspended amid a call by pupils for the removal of the principle amid accusations of racism.
The provincial Department of Education’s Freddy Sepeng says officials were on the way to the school on Monday.
Sepeng says details are still sketchy and the department is calling on parents and learners not to disrupt classes.
14 January 2019

The return of seven permanently employed teachers, following alleged racial discrimination, has sparked tensions at one of the prestige schools in the south of Johannesburg.
12 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has voiced its unhappiness with an alleged racism incident at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke. The commission says it wants to investigate the school after a picture showing four black children sitting separately from the white children in a class at the school went viral. Commissioner, Andre Guam says it is every South African's duty to root out racism. Click here for the podcast.

Source: SABC News
12 January 2019

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has launched an investigation in to alleged racial incident at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke. Marara Moabelo speaks to SA Human Rights Commission’s Commissioner Advocate, Andre Gaum on POWER Drive. Click here for the podcast


Source: Power FM
11 January 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has now stepped in to investigate allegations of racism at a North West primary school, saying that if children have been discriminated against there will be serious repercussions.
11 January 2019

A teacher in South Africa has been suspended and allegations of racism are being investigated in a small town in the country's North West province after a photograph showing black and white children sitting at separate desks went viral.
Twenty-five years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, the country is still grappling with the specter of apartheid -- a policy that separated citizens based on the color of their skin and prevented the black majority from accessing the same quality of services, including education, as the white minority.
30 December 2018

The labour federation plans to report Junior Jack Transport to the Human Rights Commission.
Cosatu is up in arms against a Potchefstroom-based road freight transport company whose employer allegedly used racist language and swearing against an employee who demanded a holiday bonus he believed he was entitled to.
21 December 2019

'South Africans must just respect each other'- rights commissioner's wish for 2019

"We are like a see-saw. Today we are high. Tomorrow we are very low," he said in a rare break from crossing the province to investigate complaints. 
"South Africans must just respect each other," he implores.
This advice applies to everybody - from those who make derogatory remarks at a braai, to the government official who makes people wait three months and demands endless emails just to fix a water problem.
21 December 2018

DWS takes Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality to court to stop pollution of rivers
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has approached the courts to ensure the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality responds positively to the requisite remedial actions to stop pollution emanating from some of the water treatment plants within the Metros jurisdiction. This inaction has a direct impact on the DWS being able to drive its obligation to provide safe and drinkable water to affected communities.
13 December 2019

Black First Land First (BLF) has been warned – refrain from hate speech or risk being deregistered from the upcoming elections.
The Citizen has reported that, in a letter sent to the BLF, dated December 12, 2018, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) warned the party against making statements that “constitute hate speech”.
The IEC told News24 that it had noted the serious allegations against the BLF leader.
13 December 2019

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama has come under fire after he reportedly urged supporters to kill five white people for every black person who dies due to taxi violence.
13 December 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will approach the equality court over comments made by Black First, Land First leader Andile Mngxitama.
13 December 2019

Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissan is expected to visit Port Elizabeth’s northern areas after a scourge of violence and killings in the area in recent months. The visit will run over Thursday and Friday.
13 December 2019

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation says it notes and supports the strong public condemnation of the violent anti-white rhetoric expressed by Black First Land First's (BLF) Andile Mngxitama.
Mngxitama was speaking at a rally at the weekend where he threatened to kill five white people in retaliation for the death of every black person.
The Foundation's Executive Director, Neeshan Balton, said Mngxitama's assertions were inciteful and amount to hate speech.
11 December 2019

According to the Human Rights Commission, racism and infringements of socio-economic rights were the most reported human rights violations in South Africa for the 2016/2017 year.
Advocate Bongani Majola says it is worrying that complaints relating to equality still takes the top spot. He says the urban population seems to be aware of the existence of the commission and the provisions of the Constitution.
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