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Attention: Editors and Media

15 May 2018

On 09 April 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or SAHRC) initiated an investigation at Tembisa Hospital following media reports of patients being subjected to inhumane treatment at the hands of hospital staff.  Arising allegations indicate that the provision of healthcare services at the hospital have been substandard.  At the crux of the investigation are allegations that patients are made to sleep on the floor, there are unreasonable delays in providing healthcare services, there is a shortage of medication and qualified staff and patients are ill-treated.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 May 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Gauteng Provincial Office) has initiated Equality Court proceedings against Springs farm owner and his family. On 9th December 2017, the family allegedly forced an employee to drink litres of faecal matter before attempting to drown him in a septic tank on their farm. It is alleged that the farm in question has been the site of continuous human rights violations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Friday 11 May 2018   

 The MEC of Health for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Hon. Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, will appear before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC, the Commission) at a hearing on the oncology crisis in KZN. The Hearing is scheduled for 14 May 2018 at 10h00 at the Commission’s Head office in Braamfontein.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 11 May 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) strongly condemns the gruesome attack and acts of arson which took place on Thursday, 10 May 2018 at a mosque in Verulam in the KwaZulu Natal Province in which a man was killed and two others badly injured. The Commission is dismayed at these actions which display a flagrant disregard for constitutionally enshrined rights to life, dignity and freedom of religion.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 May 2018  

The SAHRC, DOJ&CD, and ProBono.Org in partnership with stakeholders from government departments and civil society organisations will be hosting an outreach clinic in Verulam. This initiative is designed to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities; to create a platform for the community to engage directly with stakeholders and to provide a free legal advisory desk.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
07 May 2018  
 
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng Provincial Office will convene the final leg of the hearings relating to the investigation into allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the University of South Africa (UNISA) from 08 – 10 May 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

The United Nations General Assembly declared the 3rd of May to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The day also coincides with the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.

26 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) together with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) will host a joint dialogue on human rights and policing in South Africa on 2 and 3 May 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) observes and commemorates Freedom Day on the 27th April, along with the rest of South African society.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 April 2018

While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate, to picket and present petitions, the level of violence, obstruction of freedom of movement and scale of destruction of property accompanying those activities in Mahikeng, is cause for great concern.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Friday, 20 April 2018

Since the issuance of its investigative report titled, Dr Imran Keeka, Democratic Alliance, MPL v Addington Hospital, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal & MEC: Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal (commonly referred to as the KwaZulu-Natal Oncology Crisis),  the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has engaged with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health with the view to bringing about tangible improvements to the situation of lack of access to Oncology health care users in KwaZulu-Natal that had prompted the Commission to investigate in the first place.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

On 6 March 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) convened one of its statutory advisory committees on issues of law enforcement and prevention of torture. The Committee is chaired by Commissioner Chris Nissen and other members including Adv Tseliso Thipanyane (Chief Executive Officer of the SAHRC), Justice Johann van der Westhuizen (Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services), Adv Vusi Pikoli (Western Cape Police Ombudsman, Prof Christof Heyns (University of Pretoria), Prof Lillian Artz (University of Cape Town), Mr Sean Tait (APCOF) and Ms Annah Moyo (CSVR).
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 16 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office, facilitated a mediation process with Woolworths Proprietary Limited (“Woolworths”) and Guide-Dogs Association South Africa, following an incident, where a visually and hearing impaired patron was denied access to a Woolworths Coffee Shop at the Cascades Shopping Centre in Pietermaritzburg. Whilst this specific incident was dealt with speedily by Woolworths, the SAHRC established that this was not an isolated incident involving Woolworths.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

6 April 2018

On Wednesday, 28th March 2018, H&M’s country manager to South Africa Mr Pär Darj met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) to present H&M’s plans to remedy the effects of its racist sweater advertisement of January 2018 - for which H&M has unreservedly apologised – as well as plans to address concerns raised by the SAHRC during its meeting with H&M on 19 January 2018.

Attention Editors and Reporters
05 April 2018

In April 2017 the South African Human Rights Commission (The Commission) received several complaints, namely, from Mr. Michael Biribauer, Mr Shane Opperman and Mr Daniel van der Heever, in their capacity as concerned private citizens and Advocate Anton Alberts, in his capacity as a Member of Parliament, representing the Freedom Front Plus Political Party against the Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni, Cllr. Mzwandile Masina.
MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

3 April 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission is shocked and saddened by the passing of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.  

“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for liberation, human rights and democracy in South Africa is unparalleled by many others in the world.  Her commitment to the cause of justice and freedom never wavered, even in the face of unimaginable personal persecution and banishment by apartheid and in spite of the pain, loss and trauma that she was made to endure under white racist rule. Her defiance was matched only by the love of her people and her determination to see them freed from the shackles of oppression,” said the Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, Advocate Bongani Majola.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 March 2018

The South Africa Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office, will be hosting policy brief discussion on “Access to Health Care for Migrants in South Africa” on 28 March 2018.   
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

27 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) will be hosting a Public Inquiry as an exploratory hearing into Land and The Impact of Rural Land Use and Ownership Patterns in South Africa.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will release its report findings and recommendations following a series of National Hearings on the Human Rights Situation of the Khoi and San Peoples in South Africa, on Monday the 26th March, at its Gauteng Provincial Office, in Braamfontein. The hearings took place in Gauteng, Northern Cape and the Western Cape between 2015 and 2017.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

SAHRC Press Briefing on Colloquium on Access to Education for Undocumented Learners

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), will be hosting a Colloquium to launch its Thematic Discussion Paper on access to education for undocumented learners in South Africa.
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