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MEDIA STATEMENT

26th June 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the Marikana Report by the President.  We are pleased that the President has taken the time to reflect on the findings and recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and has provided a formal response to the nation.
04 June 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission has completed its national investigation into the challenges relating to the treatment of older persons. The purpose of the investigation was to work towards the formulation of effective responses to address the numerous human rights violations experienced by older persons.
02 June 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission has found against Enviroserv for operating a regional medical waste incineration facility affecting the health of community members residing around Ferreira Avenue in Bloemfontein, thus violating their right to a clean environment.
19th May 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission is in the final stages of collating information in respect of the high number of complaints it has received relating to the recent violent attacks in the KZN province earlier this year. The probing of these complaints forms part of the Commissions broader investigation into the root causes of the attacks on non-nationals in the country.  A comprehensive understanding of the root causes is vital in eradicating the recurrence of similar human rights violations in the future.
19th May 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the Bloemfontein Equality Court judgment wherein Mr Patrick Prior, a pub and grill owner was ordered to pay R80 000 for calling Mr Gilbert Makanda, a Zimbabwean national and a lecturer at the Central University of Technology, using the k-word.
Joint Media Statement by The Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy


For immediate release: Friday, 17 April 2015
Attention: Editors, Reporters, Journalists and News Desks

Forum of Institutions Supporting Democracy in South Africa Unequivocally Condemns Attacks on Foreign Nationals
Attention: Editors and Reporters

17th April 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission expresses strong condemnation at the spate of violence and verbal attacks of foreign national across the country.
31 March 2015

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges have reached an agreement in their matter heard before the Equality Court of South Africa.  The SAHRC, Western Cape, lodged a case at the Equality Court against Bridges during 2014 concerning the allegedly racist nature of the commentary on her Facebook page.
25th March 2015


The South African Human Rights Commission has today started with a two-day Provincial Hearing in to the challenges facing access to Emergency Medical Services in the Eastern Cape.
The Commission decided to hold this Hearing following systemic problems with regards to the provision of health services in the province.
The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a two day provincial hearing focusing on access to emergency medical services in the Eastern Cape, starting from the 25th to 26th March 2015.
22 March 2014


The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission), together with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, has published a Business and Human Rights Country Guide (Country guide) for South Africa. This country document will provide guidance to companies on how they can promote and respect human rights in South Africa.
12 March 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a business and human rights roundtable discussion under the theme ‘Business and Human Rights: Ensuring an inclusive work environment for Persons with disabilities’. The roundtable discussion will be hosted on Tuesday 17th March 2015.
11th March 2015


Attention: Editors and reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the allegations arising in the media regarding the adoption of a “green card” system by a community policing forum in the Western Cape, to regulate the movement of workers within the area’s more affluent suburbs.
On 26 February 2015, the Deputy Chair of the African Union’s Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (Committee), Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen briefed the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) on the Concluding Recommendations by the Committee following the discussion of South Africa’s Initial Report on the Status of the implementation of the Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The Committee is part of the African Union and the meeting has been hailed as a significant step because it marks the beginning of a laudable effort by the Region to effectively give recognition to the work of National Human Rights Institutions.
MEDIA STATEMENT

18 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes an amendment to the rules of the Bedfordview Planet Fitness gym.
MEDIA STATEMENT

15th February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is extremely concerned about the constitutionality and impact of the provisions of the Emolument Attachment Orders (“EAOs”) as articulated in the Magistrates Court Act 32 of 1944(MCA) on the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized amongst other groups including, but not limited to, the pensioners and women.  In terms of the EAO a person’s salary, may be attached should they be in arrears and fail to make alternative arrangements regarding the settling of the debt. These attachment orders can be done by a Clerk of the magistrates’ court without the judicial oversight of a magistrate.
14 February 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

SAHRC concerned about chaos during SONA, calls on investigation into jamming of internet
MEDIA STATEMENT

02nd February 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) continues to monitor the sporadic attacks on migrants and the looting of their businesses across the country. The Commission visited some of the communities affected by the attacks and held meetings with stakeholders, including the police.
20 January 2015.

Attention: All Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission would like to express its concern over the situation in Malamulele, Limpopo, where, as reported in some radio stations children were forced out of schools, and by those who claim to be in a struggle to force government to establish a separate municipality for Malamulele district.
18 January 2015


ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the decision by the South African government to ratify the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
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