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Demolition of hope in Hangberg

The City of Cape Town in June twice knocked down structures on land allocated for other purposes. The city says these were not evictions; residents ask why no police are available for rapes and murders

Should we really celebrate the equality court ruling on the apartheid flag?

The recent ruling that displaying the old South African flag is hate speech has been welcomed in many circles. But it could have gone a lot further

VAT hike ‘constitutionally suspect’ — SA Human Rights Commission

The VAT rate was raised from 14% to 15% on April 1, 2018, the first change since 1993

No proof of birth, no education

An undocumented mother’s fight to get her children schooled highlights flaws in the law

What I learned about freedom at the Oslo Freedom Forum

'When you choose whose struggle you give a platform to, you decide who is afforded human dignity and human worth'

Following pit toilet death, Education department to implement sanitation audit

Some schools in the Eastern Cape, which have no sanitation at all, would be addressed with urgency

Disagreement cannot extend to censorship

Critics argue the film threatens to reveal the secrets of ulwaluko, Xhosa initiation rituals that are purposely shrouded in mystery.

Human Rights Commission wants Edward Zuma to fork out a R100 000 for hate speech

The complaint has its foundations in an “open letter” President Zuma’s son wrote last year in which he attacked Derek Hanekom and Pravin Gordhan.

Election fracas tests a tense Kenya

Kenya's preparation for new presidential elections changed as opposition leader Raila Odinga and his party dropped out of the race.

​They used all these very homophobic statements and observations.

Ricky Nathanson speaks to the M&G about her experiences as a transgender woman in Zimbabwe and what happened on the night she was arrested.

New SA: ‘White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses’

sThe title of Hlatshwayo’s book is not entirely false, just very nearly so. Black people do go caravanning —just exceedingly seldom.

ANC reports Mashaba for ‘xenophobia’

The HRC is probing the mayor’s remarks that, some claim, may incite violence against foreigners.

Human Rights Commission tells municipal official to apologise to white South Africans

Steve Naale was ordered to apologise after posting a photograph of the lynching of two black men by the Ku Klux Klan in the 1930s US on Facebook.

Principal fired for ignoring racist teacher goes back to school – with R629 000 in backpay

Fanie Roeloffze successfully appealed against the Free State education department's sanction, which which found his dismissal to be unfair.

Violent protests are a symptom of people being ignored by politicians

Widespread protest action reflects a sense of alienation in a democracy, and people feel destruction is the only way they’ll be heard.

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Eight things you need to know about the vaccine rollout

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