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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

23 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) recognises that people with disabilities can make up a significant portion of South Africa’s productive workforce – if barriers preventing them from actively participating in employment are identified and removed.
15th May 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be participating in an engagement with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
 
Thursday, 11 May 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the judgment by the North Gauteng High Court compelling the Madibeng Municipality, MEC for Local Government & Human Settlement, and Minister of Water and Sanitation & Minister of Health, to provide adequate water to the Community of Klipgat C.
01 May 2017

Efforts to identify the 12-year-old boy whose death apparently led to riots and looting in Coligny in North West are continuing.
MEDIA STATEMENT:

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission is aware of an electronic communication currently being circulated that warns members of the public that, from today onwards, all calls will be monitored and all communications on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook and other forms of social media are being monitored by the police. It warns the members of the public not to forward any posts or videos they receive regarding politics and the present situation about the government. It suggests that there is a new communications law referred to as “Cyber Crime” allegedly being applied by the police to monitor to record phone communications, including on social media, and other electronic communications.  
24th April 2017

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The 25th of April 2017 marks the 2nd anniversary of Africa Pretrial Detention Day, commemorated annually to raise awareness of the plight of thousands of people who are held in detention in police cells and prisons across Africa for prolonged periods without trial. The 25th April was chosen to coincide with the adoption by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights of new Guidelines on Arrest, Police Custody and Pretrial Detention ('the Luanda Guidelines'). The new Guidelines provide a blueprint for States to strengthen national systems and practices in relation to arrest, police custody and pretrial detention. The Luanda Guidelines reinforce the importance of a criminal justice system built on core human rights principles.
Thursday, 20 April 2017

Attention: Editors

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) will host a Dialogue on Policing and Human Rights in South Africa at the SAHRC Offices in Braamfontein on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2017.
19th April 2017

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) invites members of the media to a two day joint dialogue on human rights and policing in South Africa.
Thursday, 6 April 2017

Attention: Editors and Reporters

With various civil society organisations and political parties mobilising to stage protests on Friday, 7 April 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned by comments, made in the media in recent days, which seem to encourage the use of violence in contravention of the law and disregard of entrenched constitutional rights.  
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
 
The South African Human Rights Commission, Commissioners, its staff and the human rights community are deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Kathrada, an unwavering warrior for human rights and a committed fighter in the struggle for freedom for all. The nation’s tragic loss comes at the end of Human Rights month, a stark reminder of what he and so many fought to realise.

21 March 2017
 

Attention Editors
 

In commemoration of Human Rights Day, the South African Human Rights Commission calls on everyone to reflect on what has been done, and what still needs to be done for the attainment of human rights for all in South Africa.   
 
Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21 March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960.

Media Statement

10 March 2017

Attention: Editors

Judgment is to be handed down in the Seshego Equality Court (Limpopo) in a matter brought by the South African Human Rights Commission on behalf of a transgendered learner against a former secondary school principal and the Limpopo Department of Education.

Media Statement

Friday, 3 March 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has requested an urgent meeting with the Honourable Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini and Mr Thokozani Magwaza, the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), to discuss the lack of clarity on the payment of social grants by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the impact this could have on social grant beneficiaries as from the 1st of April 2017.
Media Statement

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission the (Commission) has communicated its deep concern regarding media reports of escalating violence directed at foreign nationals and the destruction of property in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Commission further notes media reports of a march against foreign nationals, planned to take place on Friday, 24 February 2017, in central Pretoria.
Media Statement

Monday, 20 February 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is deeply concerned with reports of escalating incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals and of destruction of property. Media reports indicate that at least three houses were destroyed as a result of community violence in Pretoria West over the weekend and a further twelve had been destroyed in Rosettenville, Johannesburg in the preceding week. New reports indicate that thirty shops were damaged and looted in Atteridgeville and Lotus Gardens late on 20 February 2017.
Johannesburg, Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Attention: Editors

Recent statistics indicate that the majority of complaints received by the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) relate to infringements on the right to Equality, based on racial discrimination. During the 2015/2016 financial year, the Commission received 505 race-related complaints.  This is indicative of the fact that despite the significant achievements over the past 23 years of democracy, deep inequalities and unfair discrimination remain a serious concern.  
Wednesday, 9 February 2017

Media Statement

1. The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) notes the statement released by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
2. In terms of section 184 of the Constitution, the Commission is mandated to monitor, promote and protect the observance of human rights, as set out in the Bill of Rights, in South Africa. The Commission performs this function independently, on behalf of all South Africans without fear or favour.
Wednesday, 8th February 2017
 
The Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission), Advocate Bongani Majola and the Commissioner responsible for Basic Education, Advocate Andre Gaum, met with the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angelina Motshekga, the Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Mr Enver Surty and Limpopo Province’s Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe, this week, in Pretoria, to discuss the delivery of textbooks and stationery in the affected province.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
 
“The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) re-iterates its deep regret at the grave tragedy that unfolded following the transfer of patients from Life Esidimeni. The Commission notes that this is a matter that requires close attention to avoid a re-occurrence of such a tragedy in future,” said Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson of the Commission in response to the statement attributed to the Democratic Alliance (DA).
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