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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Attention: Editors and Reporters

With various civil society organisations and political parties mobilising to stage protests on Friday, 7 April 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by comments, made in the media in recent days, which seem to encourage the use of violence in contravention of the law and disregard of entrenched constitutional rights.  
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
 
The South African Human Rights Commission, Commissioners, its staff and the human rights community are deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Kathrada, an unwavering warrior for human rights and a committed fighter in the struggle for freedom for all. The nation’s tragic loss comes at the end of Human Rights month, a stark reminder of what he and so many fought to realise.

21 March 2017
 

Attention Editors
 

In commemoration of Human Rights Day, the South African Human Rights Commission calls on everyone to reflect on what has been done, and what still needs to be done for the attainment of human rights for all in South Africa.   
 
Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21 March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960.

Media Statement

10 March 2017

Attention: Editors

Judgment is to be handed down in the Seshego Equality Court (Limpopo) in a matter brought by the South African Human Rights Commission on behalf of a transgendered learner against a former secondary school principal and the Limpopo Department of Education.

Media Statement

Friday, 3 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has requested an urgent meeting with the Honourable Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini and Mr Thokozani Magwaza, the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), to discuss the lack of clarity on the payment of social grants by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the impact this could have on social grant beneficiaries as from the 1st of April 2017.
Media Statement

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission the (Commission) has communicated its deep concern regarding media reports of escalating violence directed at foreign nationals and the destruction of property in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Commission further notes media reports of a march against foreign nationals, planned to take place on Friday, 24 February 2017, in central Pretoria.
Media Statement

Monday, 20 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is deeply concerned with reports of escalating incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals and of destruction of property. Media reports indicate that at least three houses were destroyed as a result of community violence in Pretoria West over the weekend and a further twelve had been destroyed in Rosettenville, Johannesburg in the preceding week. New reports indicate that thirty shops were damaged and looted in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens late on 20 February 2017.
Johannesburg, Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Attention: Editors

Recent statistics indicate that the majority of complaints received by the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) relate to infringements on the right to Equality, based on racial discrimination. During the 2015/2016 financial year, the Commission received 505 race-related complaints.  This is indicative of the fact that despite the significant achievements over the past 23 years of democracy, deep inequalities and unfair discrimination remain a serious concern.  
Wednesday, 9 February 2017

Media Statement

1. The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) notes the statement released by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
2. In terms of section 184 of the Constitution, the Commission is mandated to monitor, promote and protect the observance of human rights, as set out in the Bill of Rights, in South Africa. The Commission performs this function independently, on behalf of all South Africans without fear or favour.
Wednesday, 8th February 2017
 
The Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission), Advocate Bongani Majola and the Commissioner responsible for Basic Education, Advocate Andre Gaum, met with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angelina Motshekga, the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty and Limpopo Province’s Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe, this week, in Pretoria, to discuss the delivery of textbooks and stationery in the affected province.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
 
“The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) re-iterates its deep regret at the grave tragedy that unfolded following the transfer of patients from Life Esidimeni. The Commission notes that this is a matter that requires close attention to avoid a re-occurrence of such a tragedy in future,” said Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson of the Commission in response to the statement attributed to the Democratic Alliance (DA).
20 January 2017
 
President Zuma this morning, 20 January 2017, met with the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Adv Bongani Majola at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Pretoria.

20 January 2017


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC has noted with concern the non-delivery of textbooks and learning materials in Limpopo Province.

In 2012, the Pretoria High Court ordered that all prescribed textbooks and learning materials be delivered.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Following a complaint received from a member of the Mfuleni community about learners who had not been accommodated in schools, and concerned by media reports that thousands of learners had not yet been accommodated in other schools in the Western Cape SAHRC Commissioners Andre Gaum and Chris Nissen met with Western Cape Provincial Education Minister, Ms Debbie Schafer, this morning (17th January 2017).

Thursday 12 January 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission has noted with concern media reports of thousands of children who have not yet been placed in schools in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
MEDIA STATEMENT

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

ATTENTION: EDITORS

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) strongly condemns the desecration of places of worship. Recent incidents of concern in the Western Cape include the placing of a pig’s snout on the gate of Noorul Islam Masjied in Simon’s Town on Saturday morning (7th January 2017) and a further incident at the Masjidul-Jamiah in Kalk Bay on Monday (9th January 2017), where the mosque was splattered with blood and Holy Scriptures damaged.

Attention Editors and Reporters


3 January 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the arrival of the newly appointed Commissioners who have taken office today, 3rd January 2017.

The South African Human Rights Commission and UNICEF launch a report on children’s rights: “Global Goals for Every Child: Progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa”

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and UNICEF will release Global Goals for Every Child: progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa on 14 December 2016. The report speaks to the status of children in South Africa.
09th December 2016

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has issued a subpoena to Mr Vusi Shongwe, the Member of Executive Council (MEC), Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Mpumalanga, to appear in person before the Commission on Friday, 9 December 2016. This notice to appear before the Commission was issued in terms of section 15 (1) (c) of the South African Human Rights Commission Act, No. 40 of 2013.
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