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06 September 2018

"You can judge a nation by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens." This quote has been credited to a variety of prominent historic figures such as Aristotle and Mahatma Ghandi. It has also evolved with time and has been applied in differing contexts.
Within the South African context, former president Thabo Mbeki also made reference to it. He wrote that one of the yardsticks by which to measure a society's respect for human rights, and to evaluate its level of maturity and generosity of spirit, is the status it accords to the most vulnerable members of society such as disabled people, senior citizens and children.
30 September 2018

A senior government official has poured cold water on accusations against Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti over the Vaal River contaminated water crisis.
The department’s deputy director-general, Anil Singh, last week appeared before the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Singh shifted the blame from Nkwinti to the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) ministry.
29 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for an investigation to be launched into the actions of police during an anti-crime protest in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Western Cape SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen, elaborates. Click here for the audio.

Source: Thobela FM
29 September 2018

The Department of Water Affairs & Sanitation has set aside R20 Million to restore the Vaal Rivers water treatment plants.
28 September 2018

A community meeting has been called in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town to discuss escalating crime and gang violence.
28 September 2018

As the world marks International Day of Universal Access to Information, South Africa remains with challenges in this regard. South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) CEO, Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane says access to information is important for democracies.
He says this access to information can be an effective tool of holding government to account.
27 September 2018

The Western Cape Regional Commissioner at South African Human Rights Commission, Reverend Chris Nissen says the treatment of concerned community members by members of Saps during the "Total Shutdown" protests is completely unacceptable.
The police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd that was taking part in the Total Shutdown movement protesting against crime and gangsterism in their communities.
27 September 2018

The SAHRC, the Emfuleni Mayor & the Department of Water and Sanitation are expected to weigh in on allegations that vast amounts of raw sewage have been pumped into the river.
27 September 2018
The minister is meeting with community members following Tuesday’s demonstrations against crime and gang violence.
26 September 2018

Raw sewerage continues to flow into the Vaal River, despite pleas from environmentalists and concerned citizens.
Pollution of the Vaal River is at critical levels. The Vaal, which is the largest tributary of the great Orange River, has been used as a dumping site for toxic material, including raw sewerage. Major media outlets in South Africa have documented the rapid decline in water quality, which now threatens human health and safety as well as nearby ecosystems.
26 September 2018

CAPE TOWN – The employment equity and work opportunity targets for people with disabilities should increase to at least 7 percent by 2030 according to the Department of Social Development’s White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Yet, a report by the South African Human Rights Commission titled: Research brief on disability and equality in South Africa suggests that figure might be unattainable. The 2017 report states that in 2005, the public sector set its employment target for people with disabilities at two per cent for that year, more than 10 years later this target has still not been met.
26 September 2018

The organisation says it has made a written and verbal submission to the commission on the collapse of the municipality’s finances and service delivery.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday called on the South African Human Rights Commission to order an intervention and financial rescue plan for the Emfuleni local municipality.
26 September 2018

The future of the Masiphumelele Wetlands informal settlement has been a bone of contention between the City of Cape Town and the community for over 15 years. Almost a year ago, the City undertook to present a development plan for the area at the end of June 2018. Three months later, the community is still in the dark, GroundUp reports.
26 September 2018

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to order an intervention and financial rescue plan for Emfuleni Local Municipality.
The Commission is holding hearings this week into whether the pollution of the Vaal River violates human rights.
26 September 2018

“With all the gang violence, innocent people are being caught in the crossfire,” said Nadia Mayman De Grass, one of the protest organisers. “We have no peace in our community.
“We cannot face burying our children at this young age. Gangsters are acting with impunity against us. And government is just taking no notice of our plea. We are being told constantly that they don’t have enough resources,” she said.
26 September 2018

The department of water and sanitation has warned that the pollution of rivers should not be seen as something that is facing small municipalities only but also the metros in Gauteng.
 The department's regional head, Sibusiso Mthembu, told Sowetan on Wednesday that  all the three metros – Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni - are also guilty of polluting natural water in the province.
25 September 2018

The Save the Vaal Environment (Save) has called for someone to be held accountable and even face jail time for the sewerage that has been running into the Vaal River for years.
The call was made by Save during its presentation during an inquiry conducted by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) into the sewerage which is running into the Vaal River.
25 September 2018

Water used to wash corpses by mortuaries and funeral parlours could be worsening the contamination

Water used to wash corpses by mortuaries and funeral parlours could be worsening the contamination of the Vaal River‚ the Funeral Industry Reformed Association (Fira) warned on Tuesday.
25 September 2018

Makana should have at least eight operational ambulances. There is no public information available about the Department of Health’s local emergency medical services, but it seems little has changed since a shocking 2015 report by the Human Rights Commission. Kathryn Cleary reports.
22 September 2018

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission and the University of Johannesburg have hosted a dialogue on Cyberbullying and rape culture at tertiary institutions.
Students across the country have been calling on Universities to overhaul policies to tackle the scourge of sexual offences, harassment or assault.
Lebogang Mawelela a Community Engagement Specialist from the University of Johannesburg spoke to eNCA.

Source: ENCA
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