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15 November 2022

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says an investigation involving the EFF and its leader, Julius Malema, is ongoing and has not been concluded.

In a statement on Monday, the commission said it wanted to correct “certain misapprehensions held and widely expressed by the EFF and Malema” on the matter.

“The allegations, by the EFF and Mr Malema, that the commission has made adverse findings against them are incorrect. The commission has not conducted an investigation as contemplated by the SAHRC Act and, by extension, has not made any findings regarding this matter,” the SAHRC said.
10 November 2022

"We are not caving in; we are given two options which is to investigate or take the matter to court," says the SA Human Rights Commission, which maintains that "it is very clear that what they did incite violence, incite harm, and it propagated hatred."

Bongani Bingwa spoke to Advocate Bongani Majola - Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has denied being afraid of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader, Julius Malema.
10 November 2022

Commission asks party to retract statements within 10 days

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has threatened to drag the EFF and its leader Julius Malema to court should they fail to retract statements made during the party’s Western Cape people’s assembly last month.

The commission’s acting spokesperson, Wisani Baloyi, said they received complaints relating to utterances made by party leader Julius Malema and posters that were held by members during the gathering on October 16.
10 November 2022

Durban – EFF leader Julius Malema has been given 10 days to retract statements made during a recent rally in the Western Cape.

The South African Human Rights Commission said it had served Malema and the EFF with a written notice that if they did not retract and apologise for the prima facie unlawful statements, as well as give the appropriate undertakings to desist from further promotion of hatred and violence on any ground, the Commission would proceed to the Equality Court for relief.
2 November 2022

Responding to the complaints, the SAHRC through its KZN provincial office (KZNPO) said it has been monitoring what's happening with a view to protecting the rights of flood victims.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it is monitoring what’s happening to the April flood victims in KwaZulu-Natal to protect their rights.

This comes after the DA staged a protest outside the SAHRC’s Durban offices on Monday morning, to bring attention to the plight of the thousands of KwaZulu-Natal residents who were left homeless, saying the SAHRC has turned a blind eye to the inhumane conditions under which the victims of the April floods live.
6 December 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) today confirmed that they had interactions with both national and certain provincial structures from KwaZulu- Natal and Gauteng of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The SAHRC said the party lodged a complaint on October 31 with the Gauteng provincial office of the SAHRC, complaining of the lack of access to water for residents in the Gauteng province.
9 November 2022

The EFF's comments constituted 'incitement of violence and hate speech', according to the SAHRC.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been instructed to apologise for hate speech, but what legal action can be taken if he refuses do so?
11 Nov 2022

The Economic Freedom Fighters and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will probably head to the equality court after the EFF called for a neutral body to consider allegations of hate speech and incitement of violence against its leader, Julius Malema.

This week, the commission said recent statements by Malema and on EFF banners “constitute incitement of violence, hate speech and possibly other transgressions of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 4 of 2000”.
13 November 2022

The commission has taken issue with several statements that Malema made during the party’s elective conference in the Western Cape in October.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it hopes that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader Julius Malema will retract statements that it believes constitute incitement of violence and hate speech.
26 October 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has confirmed that it has received complaints against Unisa for alleged human rights violations that are said to be happening at this institution.

The Star was recently made to understand that, on top of a series of administrative problems, Unisa is also beset by allegations of human rights violations, which include the bullying of senior and junior staff by members of the executive.

25 Oct 2022

Schools and teachers from Lansdowne, Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas recently attended the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE) project of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) at the Al Ihklaas Academia Library in Lansdowne.

The project is in line with the SAHRC’s mandate to promote respect for human rights in the country.
18 October 2022

SAHRC resumes hearings on complaints of law enforcement brutality during evictions in Western CapeThe South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has kicked off its second round of sittings on allegations of law enforcement brutality during land evictions in the Western Cape.

Commissioner Chris Nissen says they have received several complaints in the Southern Cape and Cape Town on allegations of excessive force being used by law enforcement agencies during removals and demolishing of shacks.
17 OCTOBER 2022

Pretoria - South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairperson Chris Nissen has called on national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola to take drastic action against police officers who abuse members of the public.

Nissen was responding to the startling Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) report that revealed that thousands of police officers had been investigated for numerous human rights violations.

In its annual report, Ipid disclosed that it investigated more than 5 000 crimes that were committed by police officers.
17 Oct 2022

Cape Town – The conduct of law enforcement authorities during evictions of land occupiers and their interactions with homeless people in the Western Cape will come under scrutiny when the South African African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) holds its hearings on Tuesday.

This will be the second sitting, the first having been held in April.

The SAHRC said it had “noted a systemic issue in the manner in which the South African Police Service (SAPS), City of Cape Town law enforcement and private security companies conduct themselves during evictions of unlawful occupiers and interactions with homeless persons in the Western Cape”.
11 October 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Free State says it is shocked about the alleged reports at the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein that workers are compelled to strip naked in front of their colleagues.
05 October 2022

Cape Town - Controversial Black First Land First member Lindsay Maasdorp has finally issued an apology for comments he made following the death of white learners when a bridge collapsed at Driehoek Hoerskool in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

This came after labour union Solidarity lodged a complaint of hate speech at the Equality Court in Gauteng against the Black First Land First group, and specifically members Lindsay Maasdorp and Zwelakhe Dubasi, for comments they made following the death of four pupils when the school walkway bridge collapsed on February 1, 2019.
05 October 2022

Former Black First Land First (BLF) spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has apologised for utterances he made after the Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy which claimed the lives of four pupils in 2019.

His apology comes six months after the equality court ordered him and former BLF deputy secretary-general Zwelakhe Dubasi to apologise for comments they made on social media about white children who died when a bridge collapsed at the Vanderbijlpark school. Dubasi apologised earlier.

27 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched an initiative called the Social Harmony National Effort at the Freedom Park Heritage Museum in Tshwane.

Dignity, harmony, healing and social inclusion have become the pillars on which people globally are rallying to rebuild… We have seen how — despite poverty, inequality and violence — many communities have been able to live the philosophy of Ubuntu,” said SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO, Chantal Kissoon, at the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE).

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