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20 Jan 2023

Former North West Education MEC Sello Lehari’s successor has been instructed to apologise for Lehari's conduct after he was found to have falsely accused teacher Elana Barkhuizen of racism.

It was also found that Lehari had put Barkhuizen's life in danger by publicly disclosing her identity.

Barkhuizen was the teacher who took a photograph which showed four black pupils sitting at a separate table from white children in a Grade R class in 2019. The photo went viral on social media at the time and sparked wide outrage.

The photograph led to allegations of racial segregation and unfair discrimination at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.
11 January 2023

Cape Town - In a move seen as global recognition of South Africa’s contribution to torture prevention, South African Human Rights Commissioner Chris Nissen has been elected to the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT).

As the commissioner responsible for civil and political rights at the SAHRC, Nissen has for the last three years been at the forefront of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) for torture prevention.


The NPM carries out its mandate through a system of regular visits to what Nissen refers to as “places of deprivation of liberty.”
10 January 2023

The complaint follows remarks Malema made in October last year.

AfriForum has demanded feedback from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after the rights group served Julius Malema and the EFF with a written notice to retract and apologise for allegedly making statements which amount to incitement to violence.

The complaint followed remarks Malema made in October last year at the party’s Western Cape third provincial People’s Assembly.

‘You must never be scared to kill’
05 January 2023

Nothing has changed for Temba, Hammanskraal, residents. When they open their taps all they get is slimy, smelly undrinkable water.

In 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission declared the water in Hammanskraal unsafe for human consumption and the situation has not changed. Clean water is trucked in as an alternative measure but residents complain the service is erratic.

When TimesLIVE visited the area, north of Pretoria, a 58-year-old woman with crutches, standing outside her gate with six 25L buckets, unsure if the water tanker would arrive, said: “We have to run around looking for water. Have pity on us, we have been suffering for a long time for water, we have to wait for the tankers to come.”
3 January 2023

Families of inmates at the Boksburg prison, east of Johannesburg, are concerned for their relatives’ safety. Prison guards are seen firing rubber bullets at inmates in videos circulated on social media and shared with the SABC.

Inmates are also seen throwing stones at the guards. Some of the detainees have been injured.

Prisoners are also seen hurling stones at the guards. Some of the prisoners have been wounded.
9 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission has given the EFF and its leader, Julius Malema, 10 days to apologise and retract inciteful statements following several complaints.

A video of Malema addressing delegates at the party’s provincial people’s assembly in the Western Cape has gone viral, prompting complaints the EFF leader used inciteful language.

SAHRC chairperson Bongani Majola said the commission has assessed the video and is satisfied that the utterances amount to hate speech and may also lead to transgression of the promotion of equality act.


27 November 2022

A Benoni woman is scheduled to appear in court in March 2023 after being released on a warning for allegedly calling black people rapists and thieves and urging for them to be banned and killed.

60-year-old Belinda Magor was arrested on Saturday after a criminal case was opened against her. Her voice note went viral on social media, allegedly after making comments while supposedly defending pit bulls.

25 Nov 2022

A Benoni woman who described black men as being worse than pit bulls and should be killed is facing a probe by the South African Human Rights Commission.

The voice recording was posted on the Facebook page of the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation which is campaigning for the breed of dogs to be banned and came a day when another child was mauled to death by a dog in East London.
07 December 2022

Government has called for law enforcement agencies and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate Hank’s Olde Irish Pub in Cape Town amid allegations of racism.

The pub has come under fire for allegedly only allowing black patrons to enter if they are accompanied by a white person.
7 December 2022

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will request a review of the Reserved Right of Admission Policy, following an incident at Hank’s Olde Irish Pub where a 25-year-old black customer was allegedly racially profiled.

Thabiso Danca was the alleged victim of institutional racism at the pub in Bree Street last week, when he was barred from entering the establishment because he was a black person and “without a white escort”.


6 December 2022

Racism is racism is racism, it should not be diminished or colour-coded depending upon who the miscreants.

Why is white racism given more prominence by the SAHRC than black racism?

I note with curiosity that the SAHRC is assessing the matter of Belinda Migor, the woman who made horrific racist remarks against our black compatriots in a Whatsapp voice note recently, with the intention of pursuing the matter further.
01 December 2022

The commission last month asked Julius Malema to retract his comments and apologise.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has filed a case against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader Julius Malema in the Equality Court.

This over comments Malema made at the party's Western Cape people's assembly in October.
30 November 2022

DA says KZN government is ‘too slow’ in providing help for flood victims.

Could the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) be heading towards a showdown with the KwaZulu-Natal government over the “slow” provision of help for flood victims?

The commission had an engagement with the DA leadership on Monday about the flood victims who are still in mass centres.
29 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has issued a letter of demand to Benoni's Belinda Magor, who is accused of a racist rant.

TimesLIVE identified Magor, the owner of JCS Office Support, after a voice note was leaked from WhatsApp group “Pit bulls be my voice” last week.

In her one-minute, seven-second tirade, Magor said: “Estelle, I agree with you wholeheartedly. What I say is: ban the black man. They rape, they steal, they kill, worse than any pit bull could, and they get away with it. Ban those who are making the laws, ban Ekurhuleni, ban the black man. Get all the black women and cut out their uteruses and their ovaries [so] that they can't procreate, because they will all turn out the same because they are all the same.”
29 November 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has issued a letter of demand to Benoni's Belinda Magor, who is accused of a racist rant.

TimesLIVE identified Magor, the owner of JCS Office Support, after a voice note was leaked from WhatsApp group “Pit bulls be my voice” last week.
28 November 2022

Former magistrate and advocate Deon Pool speaks to Lester Kiewit about the legal merits when it comes to the arrest on crimen injuria of Belinda Magor, who called for the "banning" of black men during a conversation on Whatsapp about the banning of pitbulls.

A Gauteng woman who unleashed a vicious racial attack on social media will now face the music for her actions.

Belinda Magor has been arrested and charged with crimen injuria, after a voice note did the rounds of her calling for black men to be killed and "banned" instead of pitbulls.
25 November 2022

A Benoni woman who went on a racial rant describing black men as being worse than pit bulls, saying they should be killed, is facing a probe by the South African Human Rights Commission.

The voice recording was posted on the Facebook page of the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation, which is campaigning for the breed of dogs to be banned and came on the same day as the death of a child who mauled by the breed in East London.
25 November 2022

A Benoni woman who described black men as being worse than pit bulls and called for their killing is facing a probe by the South African Human Rights Commission.

The voice recording was posted on the Facebook page of the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation, which is campaigning for the breed of dogs to be banned, and came on the same day as the death of another child who mauled by a dog in East London.

The woman was identified by the Sowetan newspaper as 60-year-old Belinda Migor, who reportedly provides bookkeeping and administrative services to businesses around Ekurhuleni.
25 November 2022


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)  is assessing the origins of a voice note circulating on social media, where a white woman is heard referring to black people as rapists and thieves, and calling for them to be banned and killed.

The voice note relates to growing calls from South Africans for pitbulls to be banned as domestic animals after a 15-month-old child was mauled to death by a pitbull in East London.
9 November 2022

Johannesburg – The head of the SA Human Rights Commission has described Belinda Migor’s comments as “horrific and deplorable” while the EFF said it was gearing up to open a criminal case on Saturday against the “racist” white woman following her violent, racist comments.

In the now viral voice note, Migor can be heard saying, among other things, that black men should be banned because they rape, steal, and kill, worse than any pit bull could, and they get away with it.

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