Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
16 Mar 2022
2:32 pm

Racism remains SA’s most stubborn problem, as SAHRC sees spike in complaints

Sipho Mabena

Racism complaints at record high as SA Human Rights Commission calls for strong efforts on fostering social cohesion.

A billboard near Corlett Drive on the M1 South, 30 June 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

Equality, economic and social rights make up the bulk of violations reported to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), with racism the highest reported reason for unfair discrimination. This was not surprising though, according to the commission, given South Africa’s history of colonialism and apartheid, which institutionalised the denial of rights to the majority black population and entrenched a system of inequality. The Commission’s Trends Analysis Report for 2019/2020 released on Wednesday has shown an increase in the number of complaints received, which has increased by 13% from the previous financial year. Racially-charged hate speech A significant number of...