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17 April 2019
Attention: Editors

The South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will host an inquiry into the recent violent protests in Alexandra Township. This inquiry will form part of the Commission’s investigation, in collaboration with the Public Protector’s office into the service delivery complaints that have given rise to the protests.
16 April 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will hold public meetings in Rus-ter-vaal and Ramaphosaville Informal Settlement tomorrow. This follows the deaths of two people on 10 April 2019 when Red Ants Security was called upon to perform an eviction in the area on behalf of the Emfuleni Local Municipality.
15 April 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

In March 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) became aware, through various social media platforms, of a widely circulated audio recording concerning a meeting held by MEC Faith Mazibuko with her senior Managers in which she was heard saying the following “I empower you, you are not empowerable. Which other department has an Indian that is a CFO? Which department has an HOD that is a ‘mlungu’? Ayikho [there is none], including national.”
11 April 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will visit Rustervaal Informal Settlement today after a resident allegedly died after he was shot with rubber bullets and a member of the Red Ants member was apparently beaten to death by angry mobs.

Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019    
For immediate release
Attention: Editors/ News desks


The Public Protector and the Human Rights Commission (the Commission) are to combine efforts in a bid to get to the bottom of service delivery complaints that have given rise to recent violent protests in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg.
10 April 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South Africa Human Rights Commission has invited the Municipal Manager of the Rand West City Local Municipality to appear before it on Thursday, 11 April 2019, as it continues with its investigations into allegations of raw sewage flowing from the municipality’s Sewage Processing Plant into the Tweelopiespruit & Hartbeespoort.
09 April 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will visit the Sibanye Gold, Driefontein Division, in Carltonville tomorrow to get a first-hand experience of the situation on the ground. This visit follows reports of a four-and-half month long strike at three of Sibanye Gold mines, in which nine people have been killed so far.
08 April 2019

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply concerned about the reports of several burglaries, and vandalism of school premises over the last week at the Reuben Birin Special School for the Hearing Impaired in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
The vandalism of this school impacts negatively on the realisation of the right to access basic education for 140 children with disabilities. The right to education is a fundamental right protected by section 29 of the South African Constitution. Accordingly, fundamental human rights cannot be denied to anyone, regardless of their disability. Furthermore, as all human rights are indivisible, interrelated, and interdependent; such occurrences are inextricably tied to violations of other basic rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, including the right to an environment that is not harmful to health and well-being.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
Date: 03 April 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will conduct a site inspection of the Sebokeng and Rietspruit Waste Water Treatment Plant in the Emfuleni Local Municipality. The inspection seeks to gauge progress made since the deployment of the army to address the crisis.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
Date: 03 April 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will visit Alexandra today to get a first-hand experience of the situation on the ground. This visit follows reports that the situation in Alexandra was on a knife-edge as protests have escalated.

Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 01 April 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission has invited the Head of the Provincial Department of Health in Gauteng to appear before it on Tuesday, 02 April 2019, as it continues with its investigation into the health system in the province.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Attention: Editors

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) strongly condemns the recent attacks against non-nationals that have taken place in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and other places.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27th March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will be launching the Report; containing the findings, recommendations and directives of the Commission; on Thursday, 28th March 2019. The Commission held a National Investigative Hearing (the Hearing) into the status of Mental Healthcare in South Africa from the 14th to the 15th November 2017.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be hosting an ‘Elections Town Hall Debate’ to commemorate Human Rights Month 2019.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 27 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Western Cape Provincial Office will host a media engagement session. The purpose of this session is to develop strategic partnerships with media outlets and explore challenges facing the media in human rights reporting and coverage and the media’s role during human rights violations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

25 MARCH 2019

The South Africa Human Rights Commission (Gauteng Provincial Office), the City of Tshwane and the Department of Water and Sanitation will hold a public meeting in Hammanskraal on Tuesday, 26 March 2019, to report back on progress made in addressing water quality concerns in the area.

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

22nd March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will be releasing its findings on the consolidated complaints of alleged hate speech uttered by Mr Julius Malema and other members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 20 March 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), is established in terms of Chapter Nine of the Constitution, and is mandated to monitor, promote and protect the human rights as set out in the Bill of Rights, Chapter Two of the Constitution.

20th March 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng Provincial Office will host a media engagement session. The purpose of this session is to develop strategic partnerships with the local community media and explore challenges facing the media in human rights reporting and coverage and the media’s role during human rights violations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 March 2019

The SAHRC Free State Provincial Office will host a Human Rights Day Celebration & Dialogue on the 21st of March 2019 at Sehunelo Secondary School, Batho Location, Bloemfontein.

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