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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

Disability & Older Persons

The South African Human Rights Commission identified seven key strategic focus areas in order to effectively fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of human rights in South Africa. Each of the Commission’s seven Commissioners are assigned a strategic focus area and Disability and Older Persons is one of the key strategic areas.
The Disability and Older Persons portfolio, under Commissioner Bokankatla Joseph Malatji, has a mandate to promote, protect and monitor the realisation of children’s rights, including the right to basic education. The work of the portfolio is informed by the mandate of the Commission which derives from the Constitution, relevant national legislation and applicable international and regional instruments.

The portfolio also benefits from the counsel of a Section 11 Advisory Committee set up in terms of the South African Human Rights Commission Act No.40 of 2013. The Advisory Committee comprises of experts from different disciplines and institutions, who advise the Commission on matters and interventions relating to people with disabilities and older persons. Such Advisory Committees provide critical input and expertise in the execution of the Commission’s mandate and guidance on strategic issues impacting on the work of the Commission from an external, independent and critical point of view.

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KZN Provincial visit 15 - 19 August 2016


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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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