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Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 November 2017

We the SADC Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudsman (Alliance) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa from 21 to 22 November 2017 have taken note of the positive political developments taking place in Zimbabwe, in particular, the inclusive mass demonstrations that have culminated in the resignation from office on 21 November 2017 of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe who has ruled the country since independence in 1980.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday 23 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) appreciates the fundamental role played by the media in promoting and advancing a culture of human rights in South Africa. On that basis, the Commission’s Mpumalanga Provincial Office invites members of the media to a media engagement on 24th November 2017 at the SAHRC’s Boardroom, 4th Floor Carltex Building, 32 Bell Street, Nelspruit.
“South Africa is hailed as having one of the most progressive Constitutions in the world and has adopted a comprehensive legal framework aimed not only at prohibiting discrimination but at actively enhancing the attainment of equal opportunities. Despite this, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world, and the occurrence of discrimination in the workplace remains considerably high, emphasising that the enactment of legislation and policies alone is not enough to prevent and eliminate discrimination in practice. In considering the far reaching implications and the prevalence of substantial inequalities, the South African Human Rights Commission hosted a national hearing on unfair discrimination in the workplace between March and April 2016.”

Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 November 2017

The SAHRC Mpumalanga provincial office will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on human rights environment of the farm dwellers and farm workers under the theme: “Evictions in Farming Communities.” The purpose of the Indaba is to highlight the pervasiveness of evictions in the farming communities and the lack of proper implementation of the provisions of the enabling legislation such as the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 (ESTA) in the province.
15th November 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC NC Provincial Office will be hosting a media networking session on 23 November 2017 in Upington.
The purpose of the of the media briefing session is to share advocacy and legal activities conducted thus far and future plans of the Commission during the current financial year. Furthermore, the engagement will also discuss the role of the media in building a culture of human rights, and establish working relations for possible future collaborations and human rights campaigns.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission’s Eastern Cape Provincial Office has been inundated with complaints relating to a whole range of issues affecting the delivery of quality basic education in the province. To this end, the Eastern Cape Commission’s office will be hosting a Provincial Indaba on Education with a particular focus on School Infrastructure.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday 13 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) will host a National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa, on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 until Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at the SAHRC Head Office in Johannesburg. In handing down his report into the Esidimeni debacle, the Health Ombud, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, recommended that the Commission be requested to undertake, nationally, a systematic and systemic review of human rights compliance and possible violations nationally related to mental health in South Africa. The National Investigative Hearing (the Hearing) is therefore a direct response to that recommendation and aims at looking at the national picture on mental health care.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13th November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will convene a two day National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa from Tuesday, the 14th November 2017 until Wednesday the 15th November 2017 at the SAHRC Head Office in Johannesburg.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 November 2017

The Mpumalanga Commission’s office will be hosting a stakeholder engagement with traditional leaders on “Human Rights and Dignity.” This is a follow-up engagement on the resolution taken during the stakeholder engagement held on 29 September 2016. The engagement was based on the systematic complaints on violation of human dignity received by the office during the 2015/16 financial year.  It was resolved that the Commission should provide workshops to inter alia community based institutions on human rights as enshrined in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday 13 November 2017

In February 2014 the South African Human Rights Commission launched its Report on the Right to Access Sufficient Water and Decent Sanitation in South Africa and dedicated this report to 6 year old Michael Komape, who in 2014 fell into a pit toilet at his school and died tragically. The Commission’s report reiterated Government’s constitutional obligation to co-operate across all spheres and departments to protect and advance human rights, recognising that rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent.
09 November 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC is conducting a media and press stakeholder engagement aimed at strengthening working relations with the media, as well as enhancing the media’s understanding of the SAHRC’s work.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 7 November 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) is particularly worried about the rate at which children are being abused in South Africa. The Commission is particularly concerned by recent reports of the alleged dissemination of semi-nude photos of a 14 year old minor by Emfuleni Mayor Simon Mofokeng. This and the alleged pre-existing sexual nature of the relationship he had with the girl child is construed as sexual grooming, which is a criminal offence as stated in Section 18 of the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act, a violation of the child’s right not to be abused as stated in section 28 of the Constitution as well as her right to privacy. These constitutional rights are also protected within international and regional treaties, which South Africa has signed and ratified.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

02 November 2017

On 07 – 09 November 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) in collaboration with Public Protector South Africa (PPSA), Mpumalanga provincial offices, will host public outreach clinics in three areas of Steve Tshwete Local Municipality.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 31 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is concerned over reports that violence, as well as incidents of disruption and intimidation have erupted at several university campuses amidst student protests taking place around the country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

30 October 2017

In February 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received a complaint from the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in which they alleged that the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba had made comments that were xenophobic and had the propensity to fuel xenophobic attacks.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 27 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), pays close attention to crime and the impact it has on the rights of ordinary people in South Africa. The Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, released the crime statistics in Parliament on Tuesday, the 24th October 2017. The Commission is cautiously relieved that crime has dropped by 1.8% overall, however remains concerned that crime levels remain comparatively high with increases in serious crime categories such as murder (up by 1.8%), aggravated robbery  (up by 6.4%), car hijackings (up by 14.5%) and cash-in-transit heists (up by 10.9%).

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 23 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has noted, with great concern, the raid, arrest and detention of human rights defenders who were holding a meeting on 17th October 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Commission understands that at the time of their arrest, these individuals were meeting to explore the possibility of mounting legal challenges to the government’s ban on drop-in centres serving key populations at risk of HIV, as well as the ban on water-based lubricants, an essential HIV prevention tool. These human rights defenders have since been accused of promoting homosexuality, leading to their arrest and detention for merely attempting to assist others in the realisation of fundamental human rights.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 October 2017

The SAHRC’s Gauteng provincial office will be hosting a provincial indaba on access to housing for migrants in Gauteng cities. The purpose of the indaba is to create a platform for actors from various sectors to discuss and provide a structured response to the issue of access to housing for migrants. It is hoped that a multi-sectorial approach to the issue will accelerate the progressive realisation of the right to adequate housing.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 October 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) in partnership with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will conduct an outreach clinic/ roadshow in the uMhlathuze Local Municipality from 23 – 27 October 2017. The following areas will be visited viz. Mzingazi, Nseleni, Esikhawini, Ngwelezane and Dlangezwa (Vulindlela).  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 20 October 2017

African Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 21 October annually in commemoration of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (the “African Charter”), which came into force on that day in 1985.  
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