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5 December 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Minister Plato takes 16 Days of Activism Campaign - “SPEAK OUT – BE THE VOICE OF COURAGE” to Hangberg
 
This afternoon, Tuesday 5 December 2017, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will take the Department of Community Safety’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign to Hangberg, Hout Bay.
30 November 2017

The annual South African Child Gauge has been released, and the results were not surprising: our children are in trouble. But as State Capture becomes an increasingly familiar part of our national vocabulary, and the budget for tertiary education dominates headlines, one wonders: where is the money going to come from to take care of the next generation? By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
30 November 2017

Hundreds of passionate community members gathered at Athlone Stadium yesterday as the religious fraternity led the Unsilence Violence Protest march from the stadium down Klipfontein Road Corridor towards Jakes Gerwel Drive.
It was organised by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and partner organisations as an acknowledgement of the gender-based violence pandemic.
27 November 2017

Durban - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be hosting numerous activities during The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, in all nine provinces.
Nov 27, 2017

A three-day dialogue session on human rights came to a close on 17 November 2017 with a call to protect and promote human rights as Zimbabwe prepares to hold the 2018 elections. Conducted by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, the highlight of the workshop was on the need to revisit with a perspective to review, reform and align Section 133H of the Electoral Act which create Special Investigative Committee that mandates the ZHRC to collaborate with duty bearers such as the ZRP, Political parties who may be in some instances perpetrators of electoral violence. Consensus was noted that the above provisions compromise the independence of the ZHRC. Stakeholders also commenced the development an election strategy to ensure that the elections are conducted in an atmosphere that protects and promotes the human rights of all citizens.
24 November 2017

The Department of Home Affairs has asked the City of Johannesburg for an extension in presenting its plan for illegal immigration in the city.
23 November 2017

The Democratic Alliance Women's Network (DAWN) in Limpopo filed a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Monday to probe the deaths of 68 pregnant women who died in various hospitals across the province whilst in labour during the first financial quarter of the year.
23 November 2017

The DA has been informed via a professional source within Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital that, as of yesterday, bookings for the assessment and treatment of patients with Gastro-Intestinal tract related can only be made in March next year.
22 Nov 2017

 The Mafube Municipality in the Free State has once again come under the spotlight.

This after the DA in the province requested the South African Human Rights Commission to launch investigations into the municipality’s lack of service delivery and inadequate sanitation. It is alleged that the municipality, still in the red with Eskom, is failing to provide its residents with clean running water. This is coupled with allegations of sewage water overflowing in many of its towns. In a statement, the party says the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) should also be investigated following their failure to improve the functioning of the municipality after placing it under administration earlier this year.
22 November 2017

Plans are afoot to bring oncologists from Cuba and India to take up vacant posts in KwaZulu-Natal.
22 November 2017

Johannesburg – Breakfast show host Tumi Morake's comments about her feelings on apartheid did not incite harm, a Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) tribunal has ruled.
21 November 2017

Every year the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance assesses the performance of all 54 African countries in categories such as human rights, the rule of law, sustainable economic opportunities and human development.
21 November 2017

Dispute on Eastern Cape farm after video shows farmer pulling down family's home extension.

On 1 November Marissa Human watched part of her home being dismantled by the owner of the farm where she stays. The incident was caught on video and circulated on the Baviaanskloof Land Claims Committee Whatsapp chat group.
People with disabilities still experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes – but what can be done?

21 November 2017

The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Based on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the SDGs emphasise a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.
21 November 2017

"If we live in rural farm areas, how can we get to the Human Rights Commission? There is no one here to protect us," Davine Cloete, a community activists from Uitkyk, Lutzville in the Western Cape, told officials of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
20 November 2017

We all have those friends on Facebook who claim they have an absolute right to their opinion. “Well, that’s my opinion and I am entitled to it. It’s a free country.” Fair enough, the “free country” line has become outdated. But certainly not outdated as the apartheid flag which has recently been pulled out the drawers, miraculously dustless, neatly unfolded and displayed with an odd mix of reverence and nostalgia.
Yes, the Constitution protects freedom of speech. So you are entitled to your opinion. But this right has its bounds. The Constitution expressly prohibits “advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm”. So your entitlement is not absolute or without accountability or consequence.
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