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Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Mpumalanga provincial office will be commemorating Human Rights Day under the Theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”. The day is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind all South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in the country.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 12 March 2018

Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21st March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960. This massacre claimed the lives of many people protesting against the Apartheid pass laws, including children, and left in its wake the abiding memory of its horror.  South Africa commemorates this day as national Human Rights Day. The day holds immense significance for the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or Commission), tasked by the Constitution to monitor, educate promote and protect human rights.  The Commission has planned a range of activities throughout the country during human rights month to emphasise the value of respect for human rights in a democratic country.
MEDIA INVITATION – PRESS BRIEFING

Attention: Editors and Reporters

9 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be hosting a Dialogue on Business and Human Rights on 13 and 14 March 2018 at the Capital Moloko Hotel, Johannesburg to discuss critical issues with regard to the impact of business on human rights across primary stakeholder groups, including government, business and civil society. This dialogue is a pinnacle event for the SAHRC’s Head Office during March 2018, Human Rights Month.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

12 March 2018    
    
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will convene the second part of the hearings relating to the investigation into allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the University of South Africa (UNISA) from 12 – 16 March 2018.
The hearing started on 20 February 2018 following a request from the UNISA’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya, to investigate allegations of unfair discrimination, racism, sexism and harassment at the UNISA College of Law.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

09 March 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will commemorate Human Rights month in the Harry Gwala and Ugu Districts from the 12 - 16 March 2018.  The following interventions have been planned viz.:
Attention: Editors and Reporters

9 March 2018
 
The Department of Social Development (DSD) will appear at a subpoena hearing at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday 9 March 2018.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

07 March 2018

The Free State FISD will host a joint public outreach clinic on the 08th of March 2018 at Thaba Patchoa, Free State.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 March 2018

In line with the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) 2017/18 Annual Performance Plan targets, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be hosting a media press dialogue discussion under the theme: “Media Informs, Educates and Transforms the Public.”
Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“SAHRC”) has subpoenaed the Minister of Social Development, the Honourable Ms Bathabile Dlamini, MP. The subpoena is in relation to the Commission’s National Investigative Hearing on the Status of Mental Health Care in South Africa which was held on 14 – 15 November 2017.  Despite numerous attempts to secure submissions from the Department of Social Development (DSD) at the hearing, neither the Minister nor officials of the DSD have responded.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

23 February 2018

On the 26 February 2018 and 27 February 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission will be hosting roadshows in the Zastron and Aliwal North.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

22 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) condemns the killing of five police officials and a retired soldier in the early morning hours of Wednesday, the 21st February 2018, at Ngcobo Police Station, in the Eastern Cape. Another police official was murdered in Pretoria, on the same day. Three robbers broke into the police official’s home and killed him while he was asleep. Just under a year ago, on 28th March 2017, the South African Police Service (SAPS) issued a statement, stating that 57 police officials had been killed during the 2016/2017 financial year.
22 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) acknowledges that the annual budget speech, delivered by the Minister of Finance, in the National Assembly, is a complex and difficult balancing act in ensuring that government allocates funds to render its services in the realisation of human rights. Particularly under the current difficult economic conditions, the Commission is fully aware of the difficulties in limiting expenditure, whilst collecting revenue through taxes and stimulating economic growth.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
22 February 2018

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting an information session on its child friendly campaign which is aimed at popularising the Commission’s Child Friendly Complaints Handling Procedure (CFCHP). The engagement is also aimed at empowering children with information that shall enable them to identify human rights violations and report the violations directly to the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a roundtable discussion on “Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools”

The practice of corporal punishment in schools is contrary to the prescripts of the South African Constitution and international human rights norms and standards. Despite it being banned since 1997, many educators continue to practice corporal punishment as a form of discipline.  It remains a challenge which requires the committed involvement of all stakeholders, if it is to be overcome.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) Gauteng provincial office will be hosting a three  day investigative hearing from 20th   – 22nd  February  2018 to address a complaint received from a UNISA staff member on 11 December 2017, regarding allegations of racial tension and harassment in the College of Law.
MEDIA ADVISORY

Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 February 2018

The DOJ&CD, SAHRC and ProBono.Org in partnership with stakeholders from government departments and civil society organisations will be hosting an outreach clinic in Chatsworth. 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

Friday, 16 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“SAHRC”) KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office instituted an Equality Court Application against the Sodwana Bay Guest House (“First Respondent”) and Mr André Slade (“Second Respondent”) in the Ubombo Magistrates Court, following several complaints that were received against them.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a roundtable discussion to launch the SAHRC thematic discussion paper on “Discrimination and Violence on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) in South Africa.”
9 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission or SAHRC) has concluded its investigation into a complaint received about a medical practice in Limpopo in which patients were allegedly segregated according to race. 
7 February 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Ekurhuleni Municipality have signed a memorandum (MOU) of understanding that seeks to ensure that all administrative action taken by the Municipality is consistent with the Constitution and informed by human rights principles.  
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