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SA Human Rights Commission and CUT Engage on Current Challenges



SA Human Rights Commission and CUT Engage on Current Challenges

SA Human Rights Commission and CUT Engage on Current Challenges. The Central University of Technology (CUT) recently hosted a thought-provoking dialogue with representatives from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to address pressing human rights issues in the country. This event, held in partnership with CUT International Office, aimed to raise public awareness and encourage stakeholders to uphold and protect human rights, particularly in light of recent xenophobic attacks in some parts of South Africa.

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CUT Engaging Discussions

During the dialogue, attendees, including CUT employees and students, actively engaged with speakers from the SAHRC, raising important questions and concerns. The audience’s reactions varied, with some expressing views that the current situation reflects self-hatred among Africans, while others highlighted underlying issues that have been neglected by both the government and the commission.

CUT Key Insights

Mr. Thabang Kheswa, the Free State Provincial Manager of the SAHRC, emphasized the importance of knowing one’s rights to prevent the violation of others’ rights. He called on South Africans to protect non-nationals and preserve the country’s reputation, warning that continued actions could lead to South Africa’s isolation in economic activities. He also highlighted challenges such as easy border access, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and lack of information as critical issues that need to be addressed.

Ms. Naleli Morojele, a Human Rights Officer, discussed the distinction between xenophobia and afro-phobia, noting that the current attacks primarily target African foreign nationals. She expressed optimism that national initiatives would help end these attacks and bring peace to the country.

Calls to Action

Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Engagement, urged attendees to spread awareness and speak out against xenophobic and afro-phobic attacks in their communities. He praised South Africa for its constitutional framework and emphasized the importance of forums like this in addressing pressing national issues.


The dialogue between CUT and the SAHRC provided a platform for meaningful discussions on human rights challenges facing South Africa. It highlighted the need for collective action to protect human rights, promote inclusivity, and address the root causes of xenophobic and afro-phobic sentiments. Such dialogues play a crucial role in fostering understanding and promoting a more tolerant and inclusive society in South Africa.

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