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Media Statement: 2nd SAHRC/SAPS Annual Human Rights Lecture


Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 28 October 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the South African Police Service (SAPS), in collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH), will be hosting the second annual Human Rights and Policing Lecture entitled “The Intersection of Persons with Psychosocial and Intelelctual Disabilities with the Criminal Justice System – The Case of State Patients and MHCUs in Places of Deprivation of Liberty”.

The lecture finds its basis in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two institutions in 2018. The inaugural lecture was delivered by the late Professor Christof Heyns on the right of peaceful assembly in democracy. Prof. Heyns was an internationally renowned human rights expert and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria.

The 2nd annual lecture uwill be delivered by Dr Evah Mulutsi, Director for Forensic Psychiatry at the NDoH. It is expected that through the lecture, there will be increased awareness on issues of psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in places of deprivation of liberty, particularly in police detention facilities where there are no appropriate facilities for rehabilitation and care. Specifically, the lecture seeks to:

  • Create a platform for sharing of experiences and lessons by those working in the sector.
  • Assist SAPS and the criminal justice system actors in creating a response model for dealing with MHCUs, with particular reference to state patients in police detention facilities.
  • Act as a follow-up mechanism for the implementation is the SAHRC hearing and NPM report recommendations.

Details for the lecture are as follows:

  • Date:   Friday, 29 October 2021
  • Time:   10:00 am to 12:00

The Lecture can be accessed on the link below:


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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission

Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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