The Chairperson expressed concern that anyone would issue such a statement without first engaging with the Commission. Such an engagement would have benefited the author in that the Commission would have availed information about the steps it had taken in this matter.
For example, the Ombud’s report makes specific mention of the Commission’s investigation into Precious Angels Home as appears in the section titled “Timelines of great concern”, which includes ‘The Voice of the SAHRC’.
A number of factors informed the Commission’s handling of the matter. Amongst those were the earlier determinations by the courts. The other factors were the level of the technical, medical expertise required for a probe of this nature. The Commission had also noted that the Office of the Health Ombud had been appointed to investigate the matter and thus determined to support the investigation by the Health Ombud.
The Commission’s investigation into such human rights violations will continue, wherever and whenever such violations occur and we will act without fear or favour as we have continued to do in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This is not only in line with our constitutional mandate to protect human rights, but also as the ethos and vision of the people who work for the SAHRC together with all our stakeholders in ensuring the fundamental protection of human rights as enshrined in the constitution. The SAHRC probe therefore seeks to strengthen protections for human rights and to create a national space through which stakeholders are able to contribute to the probe.