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19 November 2020
Attention: Editors and Reporters

On Thursday, 19 November 2020, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will visit Sibanye-Stillwater, Lebanon Division, in Carletonville to meet with ex-mineworkers and their dependants. This visit follows reports that some of the mineworkers did not receive compensation for silicosis and TB after a settlement was reached with mining companies.
18 November 2020

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) will provide human rights monitoring training to community advice offices affiliated to the Community Advice Offices South Africa (CAOSA) in the North West Province.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 November 2020

The SAHRC Limpopo Provincial Office will be conducting a provincial hearing into the status of schools for learners with special needs. The SAHRC has received an increase in complaints relating to the right to basic education of learners with special needs, and the alleged unresponsiveness of the Department of Education in Limpopo in respect of addressing the challenges these schools experience.
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.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

12 NOVEMBER 2020

On 11 November 2020, the South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) convened a subpoena hearing in terms of section 15(1)(c) and (d) of the South African Human Rights Commission Act 40 of 2013 (“SAHRC Act”), following the failure of Mr B.M. Mhlanga (“Mr Mhlanga”), the Administrator of Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality (“Municipality”), to respond to allegations levelled against the Municipality relating to water shortages at Loding.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 12 November 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply saddened by the passing of Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, the Auditor-General of South Africa, on Wednesday, the 11th November 2020. His term as Auditor-General of South Africa, commenced on the 1st December 2013 and was to end on the 30th November 2020.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Date: 10 November 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) has embarked upon an investigation into Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital (“the Hospital”) following media reports that have shed light on a number of incidents that have brought the safety of patients and staff into question. Furthermore, the Commission has become aware of a number of reports of maladministration and the ill treatment of staff at the hospital.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
10 November 2020

The recent protests in Senekal by farmers, organisations and communities were occasioned by the alleged killing of a farm manager Mr Brendin Horner at Paul Roux, in the Eastern Free State. This has since resulted in racial and socio-economic tensions in these farming towns.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 09 November 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) condemns the scenes of violence that erupted outside of Brackenfell High School, in the Western Cape on Monday, the 9th November 2020.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 06 November 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the SAHRC”) is deeply disappointed and condemns the recent looting, threats and attacks on businesses owned by non-nationals in the Durban CBD area.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

03 November 2020
                  
The South Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the cold-blooded murder of environmental human rights defender, Fikile Ntshangase (also known as Mam’ Ntshangase) in her home at Ophondweni, near Mtubatuba on Thursday, 22 October 2020.
28 October 2020
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC Limpopo Provincial Office is conducting a Human Rights Champions’ Training with identified community members across the Limpopo Province in order to share and popularise its constitutional mandate.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is in receipt of a complaint regarding a teacher’s self-classification as “African” after his race had already been officially recorded as “Coloured”. The Commission is in the process of assessing the complaint in terms of its Complaints Handling Procedures and will further seek to establish whether the official use of apartheid-era racial categories leads to human rights violations. In assessing the complaint, the Commission will also consider that the charges brought against the teacher by the Western Cape Education Department, have since been withdrawn.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 October 2020

During May and later in 2020, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) in Mpumalanga received complaints against Lekwa Local Municipality (Lekwa) regarding various service delivery challenges in Standerton, ranging from water cuts to electricity cuts and unattended water leakages. Issues raised included the poor quality of the water supplied; continuing sewage spillages; dysfunctional sewage pump stations, resulting in raw sewage flowing onto the streets and into storm water drains, the Vaal river and people’s homes; none collection of refuse; and potholes on the roads.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 15 October 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) is appealing for calm in the Free State town of Senekal where it is reported that, among others, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Afriforum and farmers are scheduled to protest on Friday, 16 October 2020.
This is in the wake of the recent murder of farm manager in Senekal, Mr Brendin Horner, which led to a mass protest at the Senekal Magistrates’ Court where two accused persons had been set to appear for Horner’s murder.


Attention: Editors and Reporters

Saturday, 10 October 2020

                      
It is with great sadness and shock that the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) has learnt about the passing of its Deputy Chairperson, Commissioner Devikarani Priscilla Sewpal Jana.
Acedemic Hospital  

Attention: Editors and Reporters
06 October 2020

In May 2018, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (“The Hospital”) became the centre of a national incident, when striking hospital staff embarked on a protest in the hospital that brought parts of the institution to a standstill and left the facilities dishevelled.  These events appeared to be the result of a long simmering dispute between hospital workers and the Gauteng Department of Health (“The Department”) over wage increases and non-payment of bonuses. The protests at the Hospital drew attention to the potential for healthcare to be similarly disrupted by protest action.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday 1st October 2020

                      
The 2nd of October 2020 marks a milestone for the constitutional democracy and the promotion and protection of human rights in South Africa as the South Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) celebrates twenty five years of its existence.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 September 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) conducted an electronic survey of schools during the week of 24 to 28 August 2020. The aim of the survey was to monitor schools’ readiness for the safe return of learners after nearly 100 teaching days were lost as a result of the novel Corona Virus - Covid 19. Further, the survey targeted all provinces, soliciting and receiving a total of 5 374 responses from provinces nationwide.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Saturday, 19 September 2020

                      
It is with great sadness and shock that the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) has learnt about the untimely passing of a Former Commissioner of the SAHRC, Dr. Danny Titus.
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