Sowetan survey reveals low understanding of human rights among South Africans

According to an article published by the Sowetan newspaper on Tuesday, South African don't know their constitutional rights.

The paper conducted a survey asking South Africans if they know their constitutional rights. Many responded saying no. Many aren't aware of the contents of the Constitution, reveals the Sowetan.

Human Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications, Gail Smith says even though there is a low understanding of the Constitution, there is a broad understanding of human rights in the country in general.

Rights assertion is entirely reliant on rights knowledge and unfortunately, when it comes to rights and the law we know that people don't really understand rights and the law until they need it.You don't understand labour rights until you have a problem at work.

Gail Smith, Human Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications

Smith says there are a high number of people reporting human rights abuse related to race and this is because people don't realise that there are other violations they could report. Race seems to be the easiest one, because of the racial history of South Africa, says Smith.

What fewer people understand is that you also have the right to equality based on language, pregnancy, ethnic origin, age, religion, etc... But because people dont know those rights they are likely not to tick the box.

Gail Smith, Human Rights Head of Advocacy and Communications

Know more about human rights, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Sowetan survey reveals low understanding of human rights among South Africans


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Land grabs: 'Parties are using the vulnerable to push own agendas'

Land grabs: 'Parties are using the vulnerable to push own agendas'

MEC Dikgang Moiloa says some political parties are playing a dangerous game by moving people illegally to land to win votes.

#SADGT: Access to education is a 'chance thing' - Seeds of Hope co-founder

#SADGT: Access to education is a 'chance thing' - Seeds of Hope co-founder

The co-founder of the Seeds of Hope foundation chats about her educational journey & what prompted her to start the organisation.

‘Musicians are really not respected in our country’ – Zakes Bantwini, musician

‘Musicians are really not respected in our country’ – Zakes Bantwini, musician

In the profile interview, award-winning musician Zakes Bantwini chats about the importance of education, and his musical journey.

[LISTEN] Reflecting on Human Rights Day

[LISTEN] Reflecting on Human Rights Day

Karima Brown spoke to Former Constitutional Court Justice, Albie Sachs and Former member of Umkhonto weSizwe Jeremy Veary.

Inequality accounts for the highest human rights violation in SA - SAHRC

Inequality accounts for the highest human rights violation in SA - SAHRC

How far have we come as a country to ensure every citizen is protected under the Bill of Rights?

'I don't wan't a mansion. I'm asking for a roof over my head, which is my right'

'I don't wan't a mansion. I'm asking for a roof over my head, which is my right'

An evicted Woodstock resident reflects on the march for dignified social housing, involving civil groups such as Reclaim the City.

'We have a long way to go' - How is SA progressing with its human rights record?

'We have a long way to go' - How is SA progressing with its human rights record?

CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang says racism remains a lived reality in the country.

Pulling of Neo-Nazi websites raises freedom of speech concerns

Pulling of Neo-Nazi websites raises freedom of speech concerns

Internet service providers pulling hosting of Neo-Nazi and white supremacist websites raised issue of freedom of speech in USA.

Maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortion a cry for reproductive justice

Maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortion a cry for reproductive justice

Two medical experts unpack the importance of reproductive justice in SA and recognising a woman's right to choose.

Police to hunt KZN Facebooker accused of inciting violence

Police to hunt KZN Facebooker accused of inciting violence

Police are working to track down a Facebook user, known as Obatala Mcambi, who has been charged with inciting violence and hatred.

Popular articles
Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice to critique the week’s advertising “heroes” and “zeroes”.

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

'DA has a tough choice, ditch divisive leaders or face the ire of the voters'

'DA has a tough choice, ditch divisive leaders or face the ire of the voters'

Breakfast show host Bongani Bingwa reacts to the recent tweets by some DA leaders.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says undocumented people living in the city make it difficult to combat crime.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.