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MEDIA STATEMENT: SAHRC Continues to Monitor Human Rights Observance and Calls For Calm


31 March 2020

ATT: Editors and Reporters

In accordance with its mandate, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) continues to monitor the observance of human rights during the national lockdown due to COVID-19. The Commission is aware of and is disturbed by footage circulating via social media depicting members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS) officials using force against people who fail to comply with lockdown regulations.

The Commission finds these incidents unpleasant and deeply concerning. The Commission is aware of an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) on the death of a 41-year-old man who was shot Sunday, 29 March 2020, while standing at his home’s veranda, during COVID-19 lockdown enforcement in Vosloorus. IPID has confirmed that an Ekurhuleni Metro Police official and a security guard were arrested for murder and attempted murder following the killing of the man in Vosloorus. The directorate confirmed that children aged 5, 6 and 11-years-old, were injured during the incident. Read more


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
Mobile Contact: 079 439 5557
Telephonic Contact:  (054) 332 3993

•    Eastern Cape Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Abongile Sipondo
Mobile Contact: 067 968 8921

•    Western Cape Provincial Office:
Acting Provincial Manager:  Bahia Sterris
Mobile Contact: 073 075 2278

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




•    Free State Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Thabang Kheswa
Mobile Contact: 076 038 4507

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

•    North West Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Osmond Mngomezulu
Mobile Contact: 060 790 1476
Telephonic Contact: (014) 592 0964

•    Gauteng Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Buang Jones
Telephonic Contact: (011) 877 3750 (Calls Diverted to Senior Legal Officers)

•    KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office:
Provincial Manager:  Lloyd Lotz
Mobile Contact: 071 446 2333

National Schools Moot Court Competition

The 2019/2020 NSMCC began at the beginning of 2019 with the learners writing an essay on a pre-determined human rights issue. Top performers reached a provincial round which consisted of argumentation around a human rights issue, in a simulated court setting. The top performers from this round then proceeded to participate in the National Finals which commenced on Thursday the 26th September 2019 at the University of Pretoria, and consisted of teams arguing the human rights issue against one another. The grand finale was held on Sunday, 29th September 2019, at the Constitutional Court, Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein. The finalists got the opportunity to argue before real Constitutional and High Court Judges where they demonstrated their thinking and oratory skills as well as their understanding of the Bill of Rights and human rights generally. Click here for more information.

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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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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