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Media Advisory: SAHRC KZN Provincial Office will conduct Interventions and Monitoring Activities in the areas of KwaNongoma, Ulundi and Eshowe

Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 November 2020

On the 11 of December 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office conducted a strategic stakeholder engagement with the Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZCCI) on one of the Commissions thematic area, business and human rights. Through the engagement a number of issues and challenges were ventilated with the Commission, amongst others: human rights violations at Mona Market in KwaNongoma; i.e. allegations of rape; unsafe environment; lack of street lights; lack of visible policing in the area; allegations that some traders were sleeping at the market etc.
The Commission will thus host interventions in KwaNongoma with Informal traders, and relevant stakeholders in order to assess the status/ conditions at the Market, to engage informal traders on the issues raised as well as other challenges. The Commission will also interact with some of the relevant stakeholders with the objective of exploring short term and long-term solutions that can be implemented to address the issues and challenges, and securing commitments from stakeholders.

The Commission will also be conducting monitoring to places of detention, old age homes, and facilities caring for persons with disabilities. The Commission will be monitoring the observance of human rights at these facilities, and compliance with relevant legal prescripts regulating such facilities.

The Commission will further conduct information sessions with the public at the service points, to increase levels of awareness on human rights, and to provide legal advice and create an opportunity for the public to lodge complaints with the Commission.

The following activities will be conducted:

 

Date

Activity

Time & Venue

16 November 2020

-     Site Inspection Kwa-Nongoma: Mona Market

 

 

-     Engagement/ human rights education with informal traders.

 

-     Engagement with Nongoma Local Municipality and Nongoma SAPS

 

-     Monitoring: Nongoma SAPS

 

-     Monitoring: St Francis Psychiatric Hospital (Ulundi)

 

-     Monitoring: Osizweni Rehabilitation Centre (Ulundi)

 

 

Time  : 10:00

Venue: Kwa-Nongoma Mona Market

 

Time  : 11:00 – 12:30

Venue: Mona Market (TBC)

 

Time  : 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Nongoma Municipal Offices (TBC)

 

Time: 13:00 – 13:30

 

Time: 14:30

 

 

Time: 15:15

17 November 2020

-       Information Session & Pamphlet Distribution: Eshowe Post Office & Eshowe Gezinsila Clinic

 

-       Monitoring: Eshowe SAPS

 

-       Monitoring: Eshowe Correctional Centre

 

-       Monitoring: Zululand Home for the Aged

 

Time: 08:30 – 10:00

 

 

 

 

Time : 10:00 – 10:45

 

Time : 11:00 – 12:30

 

 

Time : 12:30 - 13:30

 

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Prepared by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission.

For queries, contact the SAHRC’s KZN Provincial Manager, Mr Lloyd Lotz on 031 – 304 7323/ 072 840 7910 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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