May 23, 2017

SAHRC provincial manager Buang Jones

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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) this week conducted public outreach clinics in rural and farming communities in the Xhariep District to raise awareness about its programmes as well as educate people about their basic human rights. The theme for the programme was ‘Amplifying human rights education in rural and farming communities’. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to the SAHRC provincial manager Buang Jones to find out more about the objectives of the campaign and how that will help further protection of human rights not just in Xhariep but the province as a whole. Excerpts: Why did the SAHRC…

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Dr Johan Burger

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The issue off farm attacks has remained a topical issue in South Africa with authorities grappling to find effective solutions to the problem. Some people have blamed it on high unemployment levels, others have pointed to poor security while some think political leaders need to take charge and effectively address the problem. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) when he visited Bloemfontein to have a better understanding of what motivates farm attacks and how the situation affects farming and the economy at large. He also asked him…

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Professor Henry Alfred Makura

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The department of basic education has appointed a task team to review textbooks to ensure they are free of bias in terms of race, sex and other forms of discrimination. This followed an outcry by parents over a story in a grade 10 textbook that appeared to blame a rape victim for the attack because she had gone out to a party (where she was victimised) without the permission of her parents. To shed light on bigotry in the classroom and assess whether the department’s response could be the panacea to this social ill, The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to…

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