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Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will on Monday 23rd July 2018, be presenting its findings from a study tour to the United Kingdom and Poland on a model of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) in terms of South Africa’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), which requires states to institute measures to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

 Friday, 20 July 2018

 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the widely anticipated judgment handed down in the Bhisho High Court, in the Eastern Cape, yesterday, in relation to the inadequacies of the school infrastructure norms and standards. The Court ruled that the norms and standards were inconsistent with the Constitution and thus invalid.

Attention Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 18th July 2017

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has reached a settlement agreement, with author, Ms Grethe Wiid, on the SOGIE rights complaints lodged in response to Ms Wiid’s books. 

The settlement agreement, is available on the SAHRC website and can be downloaded here.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

As part of the aim to celebrate 67 minutes of service for Mandela Day, the South African Human Rights Commission (Limpopo Provincial Office) will join the local community at Korotong - Ga Matlala in the Limpopo Province 18 July 2018 to cook and clean for them, as well as share the mandate of the Commission with attendees. Other Chapter 9 institutions and the Capricorn TVET College will also form part of the intended celebrations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

The SAHRC Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on a series of Public Outreach Engagements in Mnquma Local Municipality (Butterworth). The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at advancing the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in society.


Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the Commission for Gender Equality will conduct a public outreach clinic in Grabouw, as part of its activities in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, from 18 – 20 July 2018.  Mandela Day calls on us all to make the world a better place. This significant day celebrates our former President, Dr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about change. This year the Country celebrates 100 years since his birth.
Attention Editors and Reporters
Tuesday, 17th July 2017

During May 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received approximately 77 complaints regarding the content of the book, “Lyfslim vir Seuns”. The Respondent in this matter is Mrs Gretha Wiid who is the author of the book in question.
The complainants allege that the publication constitutes unfair discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and that it amounts to hate speech.

Attention Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 17th July 2017

The Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on the 18th July, Mr. Mandela's birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations (UN) in November 2009 with the first Mandela Day - recognised by the UN - held on the 18th July 2010.

Tuesday, 17th July 2018

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

 The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) welcomes the President of South Africa’s recent statement that a package of measures, to ease the burden of increases in VAT and fuel prices, is currently being finalised by the Ministers in the economic cluster and will be announced later in July.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission Mpumalanga provincial office shall be hosting a media industry roundtable discussion under the theme: “Working Together to Empower the Public”.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

 16 July 2018

 The South Africa Human Rights Commission Gauteng Provincial Office, will visit Hammanskraal tomorrow, this after residents complained that the water in the area could be contaminated with cholera and poor health care services at Jubilee District Hospital. The residents allege that the City of Tshwane and Jubilee Hospital have violated their right to human dignity, clean environment, access to water, health and access to information by its failure to provide them with clean water and to administer measures aimed at ensuring that their right to water and healthcare is realised.


Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will conduct a public outreach clinic, as part of its activities in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day, from 16 – 20 July 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 July 2018

On 17 – 19 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be hosting human rights awareness roadshows in three areas of the province, namely: Mayflower, Driekoppies and Dludluma Trusts. The roadshows are centred on the theme: “Strengthening Human Rights Awareness in Rural Areas”.
Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting a launch of its 2017/18 Equality Report on Achieving substantive economic equality through rights-based radical socio-economic transformation in South Africa. The Equality Report seeks to evaluate government’s progress in implementing its programme of radical socio-economic transformation, aimed at achieving substantive socio-economic equality, as contained in the Medium Term Strategic Framework.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

09 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Limpopo Provincial Office) is completing the investigative interviews into the status of Public Health Care facilities in the Limpopo Province, which started on 03-09 July 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 6th July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) on the 5th July 2018 in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation convened a national dialogue on the impact of protest action on the right to access to health care services in South Africa.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will be hosting a national dialogue on the impact of protest action on the right to access healthcare services in South Africa. The National Dialogue will take place on Thursday, 05 July 2018, at the Commission’s Head Office at 33 Hoofd Street, Braampark Forum III, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

02 July 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Limpopo Provincial Office) will be conducting investigation into the status of Public Health Care facilities in the Limpopo Province. The process will commence on 03rd to 05th July 2018 at the SAHRC Office.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
29 June 2018

On 14 May 2018, the trial proceedings against Respondents who racially abused and allegedly forced a farm worker (assisted by the South African Human Rights Commission) commenced at the Springs Magistrates’’ Court sitting as an Equality Court. At the beginning of the trial, the public and the media were barred from covering the case. After cogent legal submissions by the Commission, the public and the media will now be allowed to cover the hearing from 2 to 5 July 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
29 June 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Gauteng Provincial Office) initiated proceedings against Velaphi Khumalo in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting as an Equality Court in November 2016, following a Facebook post by Khumalo that amounted to hate speech. The trial is set to continue on 02 & 03 July 2018.
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