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Restoring Dignity

01 September 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa is worried about the deepening crisis at most municipalities, which are failing to deliver essential services, such as fixing roads or providing water and clinic services.

The president was delivering the keynote address at a local governance conference hosted by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg on Thursday.
31 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) are hosting a two-day National Conference on Local Governance.

Government ministers, municipalities, Chapter 9 institutions, civil society, community members, and other stakeholders are participating in the conference, which began on Wednesday morning.
30 Aug 2022

The Black Billboard Owners Alliance says a derogatory racial connotation still exists behind the image and portrayal of Black women in advertising.

The alliance's Savita Mbuli's been giving evidence at the South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into racism and discrimination in the advertising industry.
29 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission will kick off the second leg of its investigation into allegations of racial discrimination in the local advertising industry on Monday.
29 August 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is investigating the death of PJ Simelane Secondary School pupil, Tiro Moalusi.

Moalusi committed suicide by ingesting rat poison following a homophobic slur by a student teacher on Tuesday, August 16. The 15-year-old was laid to rest in Soweto on Thursday, .
26 August 2022

Tiro Moalusi died last week after consuming rat poison. This after a teacher mocked him about his sexuality in front of the class.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that it is investigating the circumstances leading up to the death of a grade 9 pupil from PJ Simelane Secondary School.
24 August 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission is investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a 15-year-old boy in Soweto after a student teacher allegedly mocked his sexuality.

Tiro Maolusi, who died by suicide, was a pupil at PJ Simelane Secondary School in Soweto.
21 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the North West says it is investigating complaints relating to the lack of service delivery and exposure to an unhygienic conditions in the community of Kanana.
20 August 2022

The use of corporal punishment has far-reaching effects and can cause mental and physical harm to children as well as short- and long-term aggression and antisocial behaviour in pupils, even as they mature.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said this on Friday in response to a news report earlier this week that Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi supported a “strong review” of the law that banned corporal punishment in schools.
18 August 2022

SAHRC Commissioner Chris Nissen believes that the recent drug bust of 662 kilogrammes of cocaine could be linked to gangs.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that drugs were exacerbating gang violence in the Western Cape.
17 August 2022

The heated exchange between a black teacher and a coloured parent at a school in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, is a symbol of rising tensions in the community which the government failed to address three years ago.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has accused the Gauteng government of  neglecting to implement its social cohesion recommendations made in 2019 to quell racial tensions in largely coloured communities.
17 August 2022


Durban — The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has criticised the KwaZulu-Natal master water plan, calling it an ambitious document that lacked detail on how it would be implemented.

The commission was grilling new Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Sihle Zikalala during the commission’s Provincial Inquiry on Access to Water held in Umhlanga on Tuesday.
15 August 2022

The South African Human Right Commission's inquiry into water access in KwaZulu-Natal kicked off in Umhlanga on Monday.

Chairperson of the Tongaat Civic Association, Don Perumall, said Monday marked 126 days of residents not having running water in their taps.

He believes that Tongaat has been sidelined because of its racial make-up.
15 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into water access in KwaZulu-Natal will open with testimony from a hydrologist.

The commission says it's been inundated with complaints about the province's water challenges for years.
10 August 2022

Climate change, poverty and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the factors leading to increased reports of childhood malnutrition and starvation in the Eastern Cape.

These were some of the submissions made at the South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) inquiry into child malnutrition in the province.
10 August 2022

Durban — KwaZulu-Natal’s housing crisis involving flood victims has drawn the attention of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which will this coming weekend conduct an oversight visit in the province focusing on the impact of the floods disaster on the right to adequate housing.

The oversight visit will be conducted by SAHRC commissioner Philile Ntuli from August 10 to August 12, 2022.
14 July 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it was inundated with complaints from employees opposed to their employers' insistence on mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations.

According to the commission's 2020/2021 trends analysis report, the Gauteng office in particular received many formal complaints from employees.

The complicated issue of the right to freedom of choice and the right to an environment not harmful to one's health and wellbeing continues to dominate public discourse, it said.

The SAHRC reported that studies and statistics indicated that many children in the province live in abject poverty and as a result are malnourished.

8 Aug 2022

A significant number of children across the Eastern Cape, who are living in abject poverty, are dying from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) caused by hunger.
08 Aug 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission in the Eastern Cape started an inquiry into complaints of severe malnutrition amongst children in the province.

The Inquiry started on Monday in East London and will run through to Thursday.
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