Human Rights In South Africa Continues To Be Problematic As Farm Murders And Genocide Ignored

Jinger Jarrett

While the focus in South Africa over the last few weeks has been over the racist remarks of real estate agent Penny Sparrow and the questionable remarks of Standard Bank economist Chris Hart, the real human rights violations in South Africa have been largely ignored.

The African National Congress (ANC) controlled government under President Jacob Zuma is currently pushing for restrictions on free speech over the alleged racist comments by both parties while continuing to ignore farm murders and white genocide. Attacks against farmers have continued, and murders among citizens, as well as farm murders in South Africa, have risen for the fifth straight year in a row.

Sowetan Live reported that South Africa faced several human rights challenges in 2015, including the xenophobic attacks against immigrants. Human Rights Watch also indicated that the findings on the 44 mine workers who were murdered caused disappointment to both the families and civil society groups involved.

"They said the commission ignored key evidence presented by mine workers who testified and instead relied heavily on police description of the events."

As previously reported in Inquisitr, Human Rights Watch released their report for 2015 on human rights violations in South Africa. While farm murders and white genocide were ignored, the report focused on xenophobic attacks against immigrants, as well as lack of education for 500,000 disabled children. The underreporting of rapes and crimes against women were also cited, which relates to a lack of trust among victims towards the police, as well as an ineffectiveness on the part of the South African government and South African Police Service (SAPS) to stem the tide of crime against South Africa's citizens.

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Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland were also cited in the human rights report released by Human Rights Watch for ignoring reform on draconian laws that suppressed the political opposition of the respective governments. Zimbabwe, like South Africa, has had a problem with farm murders, and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has called for an end to white farmers in his country as well as the expulsion or genocide of whites.

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