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Khoisan communities take govt to SAHRC

These communities say they are denied basic services, land and recognition by government.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) logo. Picture: www.sahrc.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - Khoisan communities in South Africa have filed complaints against government at the South African Human Rights Commission.

The commission is hosting two days of public hearings to investigate allegations of human rights violations against the Khoisan people.

These communities say they are denied basic services, land and recognition by government.

Khoi, Nama, San, Griqua and Koranna communities are delivering presentations and giving evidence to support their claim to land.

They say they feel excluded and unrecognised as indigenous South Africans.

Chief in the Griqua Royal House Elaine Appies says, "Our king cannot be recognised because he doesn't have land. Our plea to the government is that want our rights, recognise us as indigenous people of South Africa."

Chairperson of the commission Danny Titus says they will consider the arguments and evidence put forward by the Khoisan community and make recommendations once the hearings wrap up.