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NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE HEARING INTO THE JULY 2021 UNREST

LIVE STREAM, DAY 14

THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE HEARING INTO THE JULY UNREST ESPECIALLY IN GAUTENG AND KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCES

During the month of July 2021, unrest broke out and swept through the country, especially in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The impact of the unrest and its associated activities have been devastating for the country’s economy, which has already been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and further attributed huge financial losses to businesses - small, medium and large - some of which will not be able to recover and re-trade resulting in wide scale job losses. The unrest accordingly exacerbated, amongst other things, inequality between certain communities, unemployment levels, poverty, hunger, and food insecurity.


1. RULES GOVERNING PROCEEDINGS


2. TERMS OF REFERENCE (ENGLISH)

3. TERMS OF REFERENCE (ISIZULU)


Terms of Reference: Investigation into alleged racial discrimination or discrimination in advertising

In the recent past, there have been a few advertisements which have been indicative of racism and have evoked much criticism of the industry and their clients. Instead of having to react to each discriminatory advert as and when they occur, with the learnings and information gathered during the investigation, the SAHRC aims to craft medium to long term interventions that will instill, in the advertising sector, a culture of human rights and produce mechanisms that promote equality and prevent unfair discrimination.  And, in doing so, prevent the publication of discriminatory (racist, sexist, tribalist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic or ableist) advertisements.

The Commission has deemed it appropriate and in the public interest to conduct its investigation through a formal inquiry, in accordance with sections 13 and 15 of the South African Human Rights Commission Act 40 of 2013 (‘the SAHRC Act’) and Chapter 4 of the Commission’s Complaints Handling Procedures (‘the Procedures Manual’.)

Terms of reference


COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal


The Commission is observing regulations issued by government. Our offices are open, however to protect the public and staff, physical attendance on the Commissions offices are discouraged to limit the number of people attending at our offices. Complainants and stakeholders are therefore encouraged to use the contact numbers and email addresses provided below to engage with our offices where possible. While the Commission continues its operations, please be advised that we are experiencing delays occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased demand. We thank you for your cooperation during this time.


EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS DURING COVID - 19 LOCKDOWN

Until at least the 16th April 2020, the public is requested to use the contact details below for urgent complaints and queries directed at the SAHRC. Please call the number of the provincial office in the province where you are:

•    Northern Cape Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager: Chantelle Williams
Telephonic Contact:  (054) 332 3993

•    Eastern Cape Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager (Acting):  Loyiso Mpondo
Mobile Contact: 0820556430


•    Western Cape Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Zena Nair
Tel: 021 426 2277

•    Limpopo Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Victor Mavhidula
Mobile Contact: 071 566 5188




•    Free State Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Thabang Kheswa

Intake Officer: Ms Alinah Khompeli
Tell: 051 447 1130
Cell: Cell: 073 258 8009  (Calls and WhatsApp)
Email: FSComplaints@sahrc.org.za

•    Mpumalanga Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Eric Mokonyama
Mobile Contact: 078 670 4360

•    North West Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Osmond Mngomezulu
Telephonic Contact: (014) 592 0694
Mobile Contacts:
Betty Mabusela (Intake Officer) 079 127 2528
Zamathuli Luthuli (Senior Legal Advisor) 067 173 8817
Thabang Mabule (Human Rights Officer) 076 084 9284

•    Gauteng Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Buang Jones
Telephonic Contact: 082 059 6520 (You can send WhatsApp messages on this number)
E-mail: GautengComplaints@sahrc.org.za

•    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Lloyd Lotz
Mobile Contact: 071 446 2333
Email: kzncomplaints@sahrc.org.za

SAHRC Videos

KEEP IT CONSTITUTIONAL

The Foundation of Human Rights along with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development have launched an innovative online video series titled, “Keep It Constitutional”. The series helps you learn about the rights that you and everyone else in South Africa have, so that if anyone threatens these rights, you can do something about it.

FOCUS AREAS

The Commission identifies, discusses and integrates strategic priority areas in line with the Human Rights Matrix. The Commissioners also assigned specific provinces and United Nations treaty bodies amongst themselves. These strategic priority areas, treaty bodies and provinces are set out in below.


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