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SAHRC to probe complaints of rampant racism in WC

The commission is expected to look into reports of police brutality, housing and farmworker-related issues.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) officials are in the Western Cape this week to probe a rash of complaints, many of which relate to racism.

The commission is expected to look into reports of police brutality, housing and farmworker-related issues.

The five-day visit comes on the back of a number of complaints submitted to the commission in recent months.

On today's agenda, the commission meets with police ombudsman Vusi Pikoli to discuss investigations into the conduct of police during last year's student protests.

Several other reports of alleged police misconduct will also be discussed.

The commission is expected to meet with University of Cape Town professor Pierre de Vos following complaints relating to racism and freedom of expression.

Site visits to Khayelitsha, Langa and Mamre will be conducted to assess water, sanitation and housing issues.

To top a packed schedule, the delegation is hoping to meet with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Thursday.