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14 July 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it was inundated with complaints from employees opposed to their employers' insistence on mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations.

According to the commission's 2020/2021 trends analysis report, the Gauteng office in particular received many formal complaints from employees.

The complicated issue of the right to freedom of choice and the right to an environment not harmful to one's health and wellbeing continues to dominate public discourse, it said.
27 July 2022

The postponement was necessitated by challenges involving scheduling as the commission seeks to hear a range of stakeholders, some of whom are no longer able to attend during the scheduled dates.

23 July 2022

The commission has now resolved to host a Provincial Inquiry into the Right to Food and Child Malnutrition.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said in addition to media reports its Eastern Cape office has received complaints related to child deaths as a result of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

23 July 2022

The commission said that it had been in direct communication with grieving family members.

EAST LONDON - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that the families of the deceased in the Enyobeni Tavern tragedy were not receiving adequate support.
22 July 2022

Now the South African Human Rights Commission and parliament are offering a helping hand to assist the families of the deceased.

CAPE TOWN - It's been nearly a month since 21 young people died at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London, and the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Now the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and parliament are offering a helping hand to assist the families of the deceased.
20 July 2022

The maternity ward that has been under construction at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein for almost a decade, is set to be completed within the next 18 months.

The chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bongani Majola, told OFM News that they were informed during their oversight visit to determine the Free State’s state of health care, that the province's foremost trauma hospital, the Pelonomi Hospital, will have a completed maternity ward as the reconstruction has resumed. Majola explains that the resumption of the reconstruction comes after a legal battle in court between the department and the previous contractor who had failed to complete the ward.

20 July 2022

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that a number of demolitions carried out by the City of Cape Town during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown were illegal.

Judges Vincent Saldanha, Mokgoatji Dolamo and Hayley Slingers declared the City's conduct while carrying out the evictions as "unlawful" and "unconstitutional".
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20 July 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Eastern Cape will next month host an inquiry to find solutions to decrease the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caused by hunger in children.

The commission said on Wednesday it has received complaints, coupled with various media reports, of deaths of children due to SAM.

It said studies and statistics indicated many children in the province were malnourished as a result of living in abject poverty.

20 July 2022

Out of utter desperation, members from various Free State communities approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which has since paid a three-day visit to evaluate the province’s crumbling health infrastructure.

The commission has now put the ball in the Free State Department of Health’s court following their inspection.
19 July 2022

Local government wrongly applied the remedy of ‘counter spoliation’ to demolish shacks, judges rule.

The Western Cape high court has ruled that the City of Cape Town wrongly applied the remedy of “counter spoliation” when it demolished shacks and evicted families from several informal settlements during the Covid-19 lockdown.
13 July 2022

The probe into the alleged water crisis at the cash-strapped Trompsburg-based Kopanong Local Municipality is continuing months after a complaint was lodged with the human rights body.

13 July 2022

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 led to a new category of violations being reported to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

In its annual Trends Analysis Report for 2020-2021, the commission said it received 221 complaints relating to Covid-19 and 452 enquiries relating to the pandemic.

The province with the most complaints was the Free State with 64 complaints, followed by Gauteng with 57. Gauteng recorded the highest number of enquiries - 165.
12 July 2022

The state of healthcare institutions and the quality of services provided in the Free State, will this week be under scrutiny by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The team led by the SAHRC chairperson, Bongani Majola, kicked off their oversight visit at the Pelonomi Hospital and MUCPP community clinic in Bloemfontein. The Provincial Manager of the SAHRC, Thabang Kheswa, stated they started with the two institutions because they have had complaints coming from the provincial office. They will over the week visit other institutions in the province, including the Manapo Hospital in Qwaqwa.
09 July 2022

The mother of a 13-year old girl who was allegedly gang raped by three senior boys in an Eastern Cape school hostel says in spite of many promises of support and counselling from the Eastern Cape education department, her daughter has been left to fend for herself.

The incident in early June was only reported on July 1. Three boys have since been arrested and released on bail.
04 July 2022

The commission has been inundated with complaints relating to challenges with access to water in various districts of KZN.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial office of the South African Human Rights Commission (KZN PO) will hold a provincial inquiry on access to water in KZN.

The commission has been inundated with complaints relating to challenges with access to water in various districts in the province.
4 July 2022

Hearings into the lack of access to water in KwaZulu-Natal by the South African Human Rights Commission were supposed to start on Monday.

The inquiry was meant to sit for the next eleven days in the province.
28 June 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission will investigate the deaths 21 minors at the Enyobeni tavern in East London.

The youngsters died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The SAHRC believes the children's best interests were not upheld at the Tavern.

23 June 2022

This is in a bid to address racial and other social conflicts.

JOHANNESBURG - With the public hearings into the July unrest now concluded, South African Human Rights Commissioner Andre Guam has announced that the Chapter 9 institution is working with the Department of Education to develop a social cohesion curriculum.
23 June 2022

The Commission will provide human rights sensitisation workshops after investigations have been concluded.

Following the uproar after Mogale City Public Safety personnel burned and confiscated blankets, clothes and other belongings from the homeless in Mogale City, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) became involved.
20 June 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will visit Qhumanco village in Cofimvaba after reports of tensions between South Africans and foreigners in the area.
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