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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

Presentation by Commissioner Mohamed Ameermia, Acting Chairperson, SAHRC

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Theme 1

Panellist: Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate

Date: Monday 5 October 2015

1.    SAHRC, its role in SA society and mandate with reference to children

•    The SAHRC is an independent state institution established by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa  (Constitution) and operating within the framework of the Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (Paris Principles) adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 48/134 in 1993.

•    According to the Constitution, the SAHRC is mandated to (1) promote respect for human rights, (2) promote protection of human rights, and (3) monitor and assess human rights.

The crystallised principles

1. Alternative Accommodation

It is now trite principle that it is only just and equitable to evict unlawful occupiers if alternative accommodation is provided where an eviction would otherwise result in homelessness.  The duty to provide alternative accommodation applies not only when an organ of state evicts people from their land, but also when a private landowner applies for the eviction of unlawful occupier/occupiers.

In his address to the delegates at the First Meeting between NHRIs, National Independent Monitoring Mechanisms designated under article 33.2 of the UNCRPD and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held in Geneva on 25 September 2014, Adv Malatji called on governments to do more to promote rights of people with disability

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Welcome and Introduction

Your Excellences, Dignitaries, Chairpersons, Commissioners and colleagues from the national human rights institutions fraternity, partners, members of the civil society, distinguish guests, ladies and gentlemen,
All protocols observed.


13 September 2013, Seoul, Korea

“Experiences and good practices of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) with regard to their establishment and operation”

Dear colleagues, dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen,

By Advocate Mabedle L Mushwana

Lecture delivered at the Kacheon University, South Korea
13    September 2013


It is a great pleasure to be here with you today. I would like to thank the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the authorities of the Gachon University for inviting me to share with you my little experience as a human rights defender/activist.

I would like to thank each of you, for the time you have taken to share your expertise, insights and experience with the Human Rights Commission. This conference is an important step in effecting our Constitutional-legislative mandate in relation to the right to information. Section 50 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act provides that ‘A requester must be given access to any record of a private body if (a) that record is required for the exercise or protection of any right.’ This conference will feed into the Commission’s broader mandate in relation to business accountability for human rights, as articulated in our Constitution, in international law and in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Protect, Respect and Remedy”).

Address by Dr Pregs Govender, Deputy-Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission at the 2nd Annual Public Lecture held on Wednesday 03rd October 2012, at the University of Witwatersrand.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
03 October 2012

Today, human rights in South Africa, is defined by the Lonmin-Marikana massacre. The images of human beings killed in a hail of bullets ripped through our awareness...raising consciousness about the hard truth that the right to life and other Constitutional rights are still denied to many who are Black, poor and  working class.

Statement by Pregs Govender, Deputy Chair of the South African Human Rights Commission

28 August 2012

The tragic killing of over 30 Lonmin workers at Marikana has re-focused the spotlight on the living and working conditions of those who died and bring an added urgency to the South African Human Rights Commission’s provincial hearings on ‘Water is life; Sanitation is dignity’. These hearings also honour the memory of Commissioner Sandi Baai, who passed away on the 15 August, who strongly believed that those in positions of power must listen closely to people who are poor, especially when they make and implement policy.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

On behalf of the Commission, I would like to thank you for responding to our invitation to attend this media briefing.

On the 08th of February 2010, the Commission received a complaint from Agri-SA against the Minister of Human Settlements, Mr Tokyo Sexwale, for the remarks he made during an interview on the SABC - Morning Live Programme, on the 03rd of November 2009.

28th April to 12th May 2011 Banjul, The Gambia

Your Excellency Representative of the Government of the Gambia,Your Excellency Representative of the African Union,
Your Excellency Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,
Dear Commissioners members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,
Your Excellencies Diplomats accredited to the Gambia,State delegates and Participants
Invited guests,

28th April to 12th MAY 2011 BANJUL, THE GAMBIA

Chairperson, Commissioners of the African Commission, Distinguished guests, States delegates, Friends and delegates from NHRIs Friends and Delegates from Non-governmental organisations, all protocol observed

Ladies and Gentlemen, today is Human Rights Day, a day in which we take stock of the progress we are making in our efforts to promote, develop and protect human rights in our country since the dawn of democracy in 1994.
On this day we commemorate in particular the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, in which more than 60 unarmed black people were shot and killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest march organized by PAC against the oppressive and undignified pass laws that were enforced against the will of black people in this country.

25 FEBRUARY 2011

“Transforming society, Securing rights, Restoring dignity”

My address on the purpose of today’s event, is entitled ‘Transforming society, securing rights, restoring dignity’ – the mission of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The South Africa Human Rights Commission is mandated by our Constitution to promote and monitor the development, attainment and protection of human rights in our country. It is also mandated to help build a culture that respects human rights.

Date: Thursday, 24 February 2011

An analysis conducted by the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) and the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute on the national Budget released yesterday, revealed that there is congruence between the intentions of the State of the Nation Address and the overall budget allocations.

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