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28 April 2020
 
Cape Town – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has made scathing findings of conditions at the Strandfontein Sports complex where thousands of homeless people are housed during the Covid-19 lockdown. The SAHRC has recommended that the site be closed down.

Commissioner Chris Nissen said: “We received a report independently produced by NGOs we were working with. The assessment of the site and the report recommended that the site be decommissioned. We’re gathering all the information of the report and will be meeting with the City.”
The team recommended that immediate improvements take place at the site; provision be made to ensure the daily presence of medical personnel to assess occupants in each tent and manage referrals to the on-site health services; safety and security measures be implemented, especially for women and transgenders; and a phased closure of the site as a Covid-19 shelter, with a stop to any further admissions.
It also recommended that a multi-sectoral task team led by the City be urgently established, including representatives from the street people now staying at Strandfontein, civil society organisations, the local Strandfontein community and representatives from civil society.
“One of our biggest concerns is safety and security, along with health services. Our main issue is that they have no hourly medical services on standby and no proper assessment being done on the health and well- being of the homeless staying there,” Nissen said. He said he had been pressing authorities to say what would happen after lockdown ends.

Source: 24/7News Africa
Monday 27 April 2020 - 4:05pm
 
JOHANNESBURG - The SAHRC is reminding security forces to uphold human rights and people to adhere to lockdown conditions.
The SA Human Rights Commission says it has been made aware of a raid on a mosque in Mpumalanga conducted by the police.
22 April 2020

CAPE TOWN – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will weigh in on allegations that Africans are being discriminated against in China amid coronavirus fears.
21 April 2020

The City of Johannesburg has halted the demolition of illegal shacks in Lawley following talks with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
21 April 2020
 
Shacks being destroyed at a Lawley squatter camp outside Ennerdale in Johannesburg, 16 April 2020, by Red Ants under the watch of JMPD on the 21st day of the national shutdown. Picture: Nigel Sibanda
It can’t be true that the majority of people occupied the land during the lockdown period, said Buang Jones, the SAHRC’s provincial head.
21 April 2020

PRETORIA, April 21 (ANA) – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday said it had reached an agreement with City of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo to halt the demolition of residents’ houses in Lawley.
20 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be engaging with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) to reinforce the call for China to act over allegations that African nationals are being mistreated and discriminated against in the country.
20 April 2020

Commissioner Chris Nissen who visited the area said there were still issues inside the camp.
19 Apr 2020

JOHANNESBURG, April 19 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for non-discrimination in the global struggle against the coronavirus (Covid-19).
17 April 2020

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has received harsh criticism that some of its members have been heavy-handed in various communities during the lockdown.
17 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it was concerned over the spate of attacks and burglaries taking place at schools across the country.
13 April 2020

Law enforcement and protesters confront each other in Khayelitsha on Sunday.

City of Cape Town law enforcement shot at land occupiers protesting against the demolition of their shacks in Empolweni, Khayelitsha on Sunday.
10 April 2020

Welkom mayor Nkosinjani Speelman has been suspended for using a racist slur while addressing soldiers on Monday regarding the coloured community of Bronville.
10 April 2020

‘The commission is appalled that Mayor Speelman, a government official and community leader, also encouraged soldiers not to hesitate to shoot and to brutalise the people of Bronville.’
10 April 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission on Thursday said an apology by Matjhabeng mayor Nkosinjani Speelman for using an offensive term in reference to the coloured community of Bronville would not suffice, confirming that it would launch a full investigation once the national lockdown ends.
8 April 2020

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission has signed a historic agreement with UNICEF.
The agreement is meant to advance children’s rights in all spheres, including policies and actions against COVID-19 regardless of migratory status.
5 April 2020

The enforcement of lockdown regulations has resulted in 38 reported incidents against the police, ranging from murder, assault and rape to discharging of a firearm.
The allegations, lodged with the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), include eight deaths and one rape.
Of these cases, six were “deaths owing to police action” and two emanated from “deaths in police custody”.
According to Ipid spokesperson Sontaga Seisa, the two deaths that occurred in police custody took place in Limpopo.
4 April 2020
 
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating 38 cases brought against police members across the country for reported misconduct during the lockdown period so far.
31 Mar 2020


CAPE TOWN, March 31 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will continue to monitor the observance of human rights throughout the country's coronavirus lockdown.
29 March 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission is probing a video of a white woman giving several black people a tutorial on how to wash their hands.
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