Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN independent human rights experts on Monday denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historic facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination. “In 2021, it is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity [...]
©- - 19 april 2021 - 13:40:24 - thread Society (670 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Veteran South African political leader Helen Zille has once again been accused of racism over a social media post addressing the Black Lives Matter movement. The former leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance addressed the carnage in northern Mozambique to discredit the #BlackLivesMatter movement [...]
©- - 13 april 2021 - 12:46:24 - thread Society (361 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African university lecturer is in hot water over remarks he made about Adolf Hitler. University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Lwazi Lushaba was recorded saying “Hitler committed no crime. All Hitler did was to do to white people what white people had normally [...]
©- - 09 april 2021 - 12:28:09 - thread Society (233 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Although the past year has seen the world battling the deadly impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scourge of racism has also devastated many lives with tragic consequences, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. Violent and deadly attacks against Black, Brown, Asian and Indigenous people, [...]
©- - 21 march 2021 - 10:40:00 - thread Society (388 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Much of today’s racism is “deeply entrenched in centuries of colonialism and enslavement," the UN chief said on Friday ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. “Today, apartheid lies dead. But, sadly, racism lives on – in all regions and all societies,” [...]
©- - 20 march 2021 - 11:34:23 - thread Society (450 words)


Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Systemic racism in Europe runs deep across all strands of society and structures and jeopardises the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights of all persons, the High Representative of the European Union has admitted. In a declaration issued on Friday ahead of the International Day for [...]
©- - 19 march 2021 - 13:48:18 - thread Society (535 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said South Africa still faces challenges with racism, despite making progress with the scourge. He addressed recent racial clashes in Eldorado Park near Johannesburg and The Cape Town suburb of Brackenfell which indicates the "state of race relations in our [...]
©- - 16 december 2020 - 15:49:55 - thread Society (256 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse angry protestors outside a Cape Town school on Friday. For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds of members of the opposition Economic Freedom Front political party gathered outside the Brackenfell High School to protest [...]
©- - 20 november 2020 - 15:15:43 - thread Society (225 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights has strongly condemned racist aggression against Sub-Sahara African workers in Sousse region, 140 km southeast of Tunis, and called for sanctions against the perpetrators of the behaviour.   In a statement issued on Sunday, the Forum denounced the recurrence of different [...]
©- - 20 september 2020 - 16:31:36 - thread Society (290 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has joined the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s alleged racial slurs about Africa and its leaders. As previously reported by PANA, the claims were made by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen who has released [...]
©- - 09 september 2020 - 15:55:50 - thread Society (322 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday slammed disparaging remarks allegedly made by United States President Donald Trump about the world statesman. The claims were made by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen who has released a book claiming Trump disparaged the Nobel Laureate and other African [...]
©- - 08 september 2020 - 10:41:06 - thread Society (253 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Football legend Mark Fish is on the ropes following a storm of criticism he received for wading into the Black Lives Matter campaign. The former national defender who also represented Orlando Pirates, Bolton Wanderers and Lazio, came under fire for liking a racist tweet that [...]
©- - 27 july 2020 - 12:38:40 - thread Society (228 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg lawyer is being investigated by the Legal Practice Council (LPC) over an offensive tweet he sent following the death of Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela. Marc Aupiais is accused of saying that the former ambassador to Denmark “finally got her plot of land” [...]
©- - 24 july 2020 - 12:45:39 - thread Society (331 words)


Paris, France (PANA) - In the face of growing inequality, racism, violence and intolerance at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO is organising a special edition of the Master Class against Racism and Discrimination focusing on the global "Black Lives Matter" movement. Developed in partnership with the Musée de l'Homme, [...]
©- - 23 july 2020 - 17:51:40 - thread Society (180 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A large group of leading African rugby coaches, former players and administrators have joined the Black Lives Matter movement. The group comprises former national stars Ashwin Willemse, Kaya Malotana, Hilton Lobberts, Norman Jordaan, Thando Manana and Adrian Jacobs, as well as former national coach Pieter [...]
©- - 16 july 2020 - 09:38:25 - thread Society (293 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A famous statue of 19th-century colonialist Cecil John Rhodes has been beheaded in Cape Town. Police say it appears the incident happened over the weekend and a case was opened on Wednesday. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, a [...]
©- - 15 july 2020 - 12:36:16 - thread Society (195 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government has issued directives to law enforcement agencies, including the Police Service, to activate their contingency plans in all provinces to ensure that a planned national truck shutdown is policed. This follows a wave of attacks on trucks on various national roads [...]
©- - 08 july 2020 - 18:28:48 - thread Society (207 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Coca-Cola in South Africa has stopped all advertising on social media as part of a global corporate boycott that is gaining momentum. Camilla Osborne, head of communications in Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa, said the soft drink giant will suspend all advertising on Facebook, Twitter, [...]
©- - 03 july 2020 - 16:51:45 - thread Society (192 words)


New York, US (PANA) - UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, is to spearhead efforts to address systemic racism against people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, the Human Rights Council decided on Friday. The resolution – decided unanimously without a vote - follows a rare 'Urgent Debate' in the [...]
©- - 20 june 2020 - 07:53:52 - thread Society (1087 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has launched an anti-racism campaign, dubbed “Black Friday”, in solidarity with millions of people around the world who are marching under the banner of “Black Lives Matter”, following the killing of George Floyd in the United States. He urged everyone [...]
©- - 07 june 2020 - 13:49:35 - thread Society (208 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Several hundreds of Tunisians and sub-Saharan Africans gathered on Saturday in front of the Tunis Municipal Theatre to denounce racism following the murder of George Floyd, an African-American who was strangled on May 25 by a white police officer in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in [...]
©- - 07 june 2020 - 09:49:30 - thread Society (249 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Several youths from about 30 associations and non-governmental organizations in Tunisia gathered on Saturday in front of the municipal theatre on Bourguiba avenue in Tunis to denounce racism suffered for decades by African Americans, whose latest act was the death of George Floyd, killed by a [...]
©- - 06 june 2020 - 17:34:31 - thread Society (149 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - More than 30 Tunisian associations and NGOs Friday expressed their full solidarity with the millions of Americans who took to the streets about a week ago in different regions of the United-States against “the savage killing on 25 May in Minneapolis by a US police officer [...]
©- - 05 june 2020 - 21:33:06 - thread Society (308 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A beauty queen’s dream of being selected as Miss South Africa have been shattered after her racist social media posts surfaced.   Johannesburg model Bianca Schoombee on Wednesday confirmed that she has withdrawn from the prestigious competition after it emerged that she sent racist tweets in [...]
©- - 20 may 2020 - 14:52:54 - thread Society (219 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police are trying to trace a KwaZulu-Natal woman who took to social media and allegedly defamed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa by referring to him as "an ape trying to act like a First World president".   Ironically, the scandal comes while Ramaphosa is being saluted [...]
©- - 23 april 2020 - 15:58:16 - thread Society (251 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg businessman who made headlines around the world when he recorded himself making racist comments on Thursday apologised for the incident.   In 2018, Adam Catzavelos took a “selfie” clip of himself on a beach in Greece where he expressed delight that there were no [...]
©- - 13 february 2020 - 12:42:10 - thread Society (291 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday defended his decision to appoint a white male to head the country’s troubled power utility which is billions of dollars in debt. Andre de Ruyter's appointment as the new CEO of Eskom drew criticism last week from some unions, lobby [...]
©- - 25 november 2019 - 10:30:39 - thread Society (351 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Adam Catzavelos, who sparked a national outcry when he filmed himself making racial comments in Europe, on Tuesday heard that he failed in his bid to have the matter dismissed. His legal team had made representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions. The Johannesburg resident made [...]
©- - 12 november 2019 - 12:15:40 - thread Society (234 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Department of Correctional Services of South Africa has confirmed that convicted racist Vicki Momberg has been on the run from the authorities since August after failing in her bid to appeal her sentence. The Johannesburg estate agent was last year convicted on four charges [...]
©- - 06 november 2019 - 09:58:15 - thread Society (235 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African retail giant Woolworths on Friday issued an apology after “mistakingly” marketing a gym bag in the colours of the Apartheid-era flag. Shoppers flagged the Country Road bag which was displayed in stores around the country. The company said the bag was designed in Australia [...]
©- - 18 october 2019 - 09:22:47 - thread Society (416 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Wednesday confirmed that it will institute legal proceedings against top rugby star Eben Etzebeth in the Equality Court on Friday. The towering Springbok forward is representing his country at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan where [...]
©- - 02 october 2019 - 12:32:28 - thread Society (138 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African City of Cape Town plans to forge ahead with plans to erect a statue of Mahatma Gandhi despite the fact that the majority of respondents to a poll don’t want it. This was confirmed by the Committee Member for Community Services, Zahid [...]
©- - 27 september 2019 - 17:03:50 - thread Society (342 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday ruled that recent comments attributed to firebrand political  leader, Julius Malema, amounted to hate speech.  This comes after the President of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on September 14 shared a video on his Twitter feed in which he [...]
©- - 24 september 2019 - 18:30:46 - thread Society (253 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An urgent application by the Nelson Mandela Foundation over South Africa’s apartheid-era flag was dismissed in the Equality Court on Tuesday.  The foundation last month filed its application to declare that Ernst Roets, a senior official with the AfriForum organisation, is in contempt of court. This [...]
©- - 17 september 2019 - 12:23:01 - thread Society (352 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Equality Court on Wednesday ruled that the display of the apartheid-era flag demonstrates a clear intention to be hurtful and harmful and incites hatred against black people. The complaint was lodged by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Human Rights Commission [...]
©- - 21 august 2019 - 10:49:48 - thread Society (310 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  The Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Monday ruled against controversial South African musician, Steve Hofmeyr, after it found he had harassed anti-Apartheid activist, Johan Pienaar.   PANA reports that Pienaar last year wrote the names of prominent South Africans who supported Apartheid on the old national flag and [...]
©- - 22 july 2019 - 16:13:45 - thread Society (210 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The outcry over the conduct of former President Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi, refuses to die down with Mandela’s successor, Thabo Mbeki, being drawn into the fray. As previously reported by PANA, South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark last week issued a series of tweets which [...]
©- - 25 june 2019 - 11:27:42 - thread Society (333 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela, has been reprimanded by International Relations and Co-operation minister Naledi Pandor over a series of tweets which fuelled racial tensions.  Pandor on Friday confirmed that Mandela apologised for the saga. As previously reported by PANA, Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter last [...]
©- - 21 june 2019 - 12:18:56 - thread Society (301 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi has landed in hot water for issuing a series of tweets relating to race issues. Mandela who is South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark referred to “white cowards” and “shivering land thieves”. She also referred to whites as “thieving rapist descendants [...]
©- - 17 june 2019 - 13:40:31 - thread Society (213 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The lawyer representing disgraced South African racist Adam Catzavelos on Thursday confirmed that Greek authorities are investigating his client. As previously reported by PANA, Catzavelos caused an uproar in 2018 after a video emerged of him using a racial slur while on holiday in Greece appeared [...]
©- - 13 june 2019 - 11:40:24 - thread Society (281 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Adam Catzavelos who caused an uproar in 2018 after a video emerged of him using a racial slur while on holiday in Greece appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The Johannesburg resident made headlines in August when he filmed himself saying how happy [...]
©- - 28 may 2019 - 09:46:55 - thread Society (239 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high in South Africa ahead of Monday's New Year celebrations following a racial row which has broken out on Cape Town’s famous Clifton Beach. Local residents have clashed with protesters who claimed they were being forced off the beach which was off-limits [...]
©- - 30 december 2018 - 13:23:46 - thread Society (290 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) confirmed on Wednesday that it will hold an inquiry into alleged racism at Supersport, Africa’s biggest television sports channel. This follows a high-profile spat which was broadcast to a television audience of many millions when black analyst Ashwin [...]
©- - 12 december 2018 - 11:41:28 - thread Society (268 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A fresh race row has rocked Cape Town after a black teacher at a predominantly white school says she was discriminated against and forced to resign. Nozipho Mthembu‚ who was also a former pupil at the prestigious Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School, was employed in January, [...]
©- - 05 november 2018 - 11:04:40 - thread Society (257 words)


Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – A South African man who sparked a national outcry over a racist video clip he posted while on holiday in Europe, on Friday issued a formal apology. Johannesburg businessman Adam Catzavelos said he realised the video was "thoughtless and insensitive". “It’s hard to put into words [...]
©- - 24 august 2018 - 09:24:58 - thread Society (396 words)


Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) – Another white South African has sparked an outcry after a racist video clip of himself went viral on social media. The Johannesburg businessman took a “selfie” clip of himself on a beach in Greece where he expressed delight that there were no black people around. It [...]
©- - 22 august 2018 - 08:12:12 - thread Society (289 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg woman who delayed a flight and sparked a national outcry after being caught sending a racist text message has apologised and addressed the matter. As previously reported by PANA, Alochna Moodley sent a racist text message on her smart phone after boarding [...]
©- - 04 july 2018 - 10:17:11 - thread Society (273 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A airline passenger who racially insulted her pilot and a passenger has been fired by her company after the incident sparked a national outcry. As previously reported by PANA, Alochna Moodley sent a racist text message on her smart phone after boarding a Kulula flight [...]
©- - 25 june 2018 - 11:39:32 - thread Society (227 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Just days after firebrand politician Julius Malema sparked a national outcry by labelling Indian South Africans as racists, an Indian woman has landed in hot water by using a racial slur on a passenger flight. As previously reported by PANA, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) [...]
©- - 20 june 2018 - 10:17:54 - thread Society (218 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN and regional human rights experts have urged States, civil society organisations and activists to step up their efforts to stem the alarming rise in racism and xenophobia worldwide, citing concerns about the impact of populist nationalism on mainstream politics. “Vile discourses of explicit hate and ideologies [...]
©- - 20 march 2018 - 19:41:29 - thread Society (560 words)