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14 October 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) confirms that it received Mr Etzebeth’s High Court application for review this morning in which he seeks to review and set aside the Commission’s decision to institute proceedings against him in the Equality Court.

14 October 2019

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) will be conducting a provincial visit in Mpumalanga from 14 – 18 October 2019. Commissioner Mohamed Shafie Ameermia responsible for the focal area on the right to housing, water, sanitation and business and human rights together with Commissioner Jonas Ben Sibanyoni responsible for the focal area on land, environment and the right to food will lead the five-day provincial visit in Mpumalanga.

13 October 2019

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioner responsible for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Adv. Bokankatla Malatji will be conducting a Provincial Visit in the Free State from 14-17 October 2019.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

10 October 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will commemorate International Day of Older Persons at the KwaMashu Christian Care Society, a residential facility for older persons.  In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly declared 01 October as the International Day of Older Persons and later went on to adopt a number of instruments aimed at advancing and promoting the rights of older persons. The day is celebrated annually, across the globe to recognise the contributions of senior citizens and to examine issues that affect their everyday lives.
Attention: Editors and reporters

Date: 09 October 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (The Commission) will be conducting a water- site inspection in Stinkwater and Hammanskraal.  The Commission will be assessing the progress made by the City of Tshwane in addressing the community’s concerns on water quality. This inspection follows the report made by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 2018 stating that the groundwater in Stinkwater and Hammanskraal contains concentrations of nitrates and phosphates and is not safe for human consumption.
09 October 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioner responsible for civil and political rights at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Mr. Chris Nissen will be conducting a Provincial Visit in the KwaZulu-Natal from 9 – 12 October 2019. The purpose of the visit is to assess the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the province.
04 October 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will institute legal proceedings against Mr. Eben Etzebeth in the Equality Court on Friday, 04 October 2019. This follows a complaint received by the Commission in August 2019, in terms of which it is alleged that the Springbok player, physically and racially abused the Complainant in Langebaan during an altercation.
03 October 2019
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) has on numerous occasions urged political leaders to recognise and take responsibility for the power they wield through their words.
02 October 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will institute legal proceedings against Mr. Eben Etzebeth in the Equality Court on Friday, 04 October 2019. This follows a complaint received by the Commission in August 2019, in terms of which it is alleged that the Springbok player, physically and racially abused the Complainant in Langebaan during an altercation.
30 September 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC), Advocate Bongani Majola is conducting a Provincial Visit in the Northern Cape from 29th September to the 4th October 2019.
27 September 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission and the South African Police Service, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria,  will host the first annual Human Rights and Policing Lecture entitled “Our Heritage: Dignity in Democracy”.
26 September 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Information Regulator of South Africa and the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) will co-host celebrations for the International Day for Universal Access to Information (commonly called the Access to Information Day or IDUAI) in collaboration with various stakeholders on 27 September 2019. The celebrations will take place at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Campus.

26 September 2019

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has a Constitutional mandate, as set out in section 184 (1), to promote, protect and monitor the attainment of human rights as set out in Chapter Two of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

25 September 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will conduct a media engagement with Independent Media publications in Durban.

23 September 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Preamble of the South African Constitution states that: “…South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity... [We should all work to] Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;”
The Commission thus recognises that South Africa’s diversity in race, religion culture, language, ethnicity, social origins and other factors, is a treasure for this nation and will be joining everyone within South Africa in celebrating Heritage Day on Tuesday, the 24th September 2019.
19 September 2019

Commission chair Bongi Majola said that Julius Malema's comments on Twitter were divisive and threatened social cohesion.
17 September 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission) has on numerous occasions urged political leaders to recognise and take responsibility for the power they wield through their words.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 16 September 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission hosted a Public Inquiry into the Impact of Rural Land Use and Ownership Patterns on human rights in South Africa. Land has always been a prominent and emotive issue in South Africa. Our history of colonialism, violent conquest, dispossession, forced removals and racially skewed distribution has left us with a complex and difficult legacy.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 September 2019

As part of the 2019 Schools Moot Court Competition, and following the success of Mpumalanga learners who participated in the Essay Writing Phase of the Competition, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission in collaboration with Department of Basic Education and the Department of Justice in Mpumalanga will be hosting the learners as they now take part in the Provincial Oral Round of the Competition. 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 September 2019

On Saturday, 14 September, the Gauteng Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will hold the Gauteng Provincial Rounds of the 2019 National Schools Moot Competition in partnership with the Department of justice and the Department of Education. 

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