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Media Advisory: SAHRC Gauteng Provincial Office to conduct the second leg of the Inquiry into Allegations of Racial Discrimination or Discrimination in Advertising

28 August 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) Gauteng Provincial Office is initiating the second leg of the investigation inquiry into continuing complaints or allegations of racial discrimination or discrimination in general in advertising within South Africa.

In the recent past, there have been a few advertisements that have been indicative of racism and have evoked much criticism of the industry and its clients. The SAHRC aims to craft medium to long-term interventions that will instil, in the advertising sector, a culture of human rights and produce mechanisms that promote equality and prevent unfair discrimination. And, in doing so, prevent the publication of discriminatory (racist, sexist, tribalist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic or ableist) advertisements.

The Commission has deemed it appropriate and in the public interest to conduct its investigation through a formal inquiry, in accordance with sections 13 and 15 of the South African Human Rights Commission Act 40 of 2013 (‘the SAHRC Act’) and Chapter 4 of the Commission’s Complaints Handling Procedures (‘the Procedures Manual’).

Proceedings will be live-streamed and the SAHRC aims to issue a report with its directives subsequent to the Inquiry.

The investigation inquiry is scheduled as follows:

Date:           29 August-09 September 2022

Time:           09:00-16:30

Place:           OR Tambo Raddison, Gauteng Province



For further information contact the Gauteng Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission: Buang Jones, Provincial Manager, C: 078 617 0476; E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Ms. Zamantungwa Mbeki, Senior Legal Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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