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Attention: Editors and Reporters

19 July 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) and the office of the Public Protector will convene the fourth and final sitting of the Alexandra Inquiry. The inquiry will probe socio-economic conditions in Alexandra, their impact on fundamental rights and whether such amounts to maladministration, abuse of power, corruption or improper conduct.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

19 JULY 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) working in partnership with the Nyanga SAPS, the local Community Policing Forum and other key stakeholders will host a Men’s Dialogue in the area. With the alarming increase of reported violent crimes in and around Nyanga which has led to the area being referred to as “the murder capital of South Africa”, stakeholders met and agreed on having an intervention to address these challenges. Accordingly, it was agreed that a dialogue of this nature would afford local men an opportunity to brainstorm and assist to come up with solutions to the problem of crime in the area.   

Attention: Editors and Reporters
18 July 2019

As part of the 2019 Schools Moot Court Competition, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be hosting a capacity building workshop aimed at empowering both learners and educators in preparation to partake in the national competition later in the year. The workshop is expected to create awareness on how the Constitution and the law work through court process to protect, demonstrate interconnectedness and promote respect of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

18 July 2019                                          

On 18 and 19 July 2019, the North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day).  The Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on the 18th July. 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.

17 July 2019

Attention:  Editors and Reporters

On 18 July 2019 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) together with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) will host a civil society and media engagement in preparation of the official launch of the National Mechanism for Torture Prevention (NPM) in Cape Town. The recent establishment of the NPM under the auspices of the SAHRC represents an important first step in renewed efforts to combat and prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in all places of detention across South Africa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2019

The SAHRC will host various public outreach engagements in the Local Emthanjeni Municipality, which consist of the towns De Aar, Hanover & Britstown, from 22-25 July 2019. 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 July 2019

On 28 March 2019, both houses of Parliament ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). The OPCAT establishes international and domestic mechanisms for torture prevention through a system of regular visits to places of deprivation of liberty in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. South Africa deposited the instrument of ratification of the OPCAT with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York on 20 June 2019. In accordance with article 28 (2), the OPCAT will come into force for South Africa on 20 July 2019.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 July 2019

As part of the 2019 Schools Moot Court Competition, the North West Provincial Office will be hosting capacity building workshops aimed at empowering both learners and educators in preparation to partake in the national competition later in the year. The workshops are expected to create awareness on how the Constitution and the law work through court process to protect, demonstrate and promote respect of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

16 July 2019
Attention:  Editors and Reporters

On 17 July 2019 the South African Human Rights Commission will host a colloquium on evictions in Gauteng with a view to craft practical and implementable solutions to address unlawful evictions in the province.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

08 July 2019

 The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) KZN Provincial Office will conduct information sessions and setup helpdesks at the community workshops hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs: Consumer Affairs Division, in the areas of Utrecht and Molweni.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

08 July 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host an advocacy intervention and a media engagement in Kwa-Nongoma from the 11-12 July 2019.

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05 July 2019

As part of the 2019 Schools Moot Court Competition, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be hosting a capacity building workshop aimed at empowering both learners and educators in preparation to partake in the national competition later in the year. The workshop is expected to create awareness on how the Constitution and the law work through court process to protect, demonstrate interconnectedness and promote respect of fundamental human rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

02 July 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will convene a Preliminary Inquiry into allegations that medical aid schemes are racially profiling Black, Indian and Coloured Healthcare professionals.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Today the 2nd June 2019, the Grahamstown High Court granted the application of the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC or Commission) to join as an amicus curiae in the matter of Centre for Child Law and 25 others v Minister of Basic Education and 4 others.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

1 July 2019

An application will be heard in the Grahamstown High Court for the admission of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) as an amicus curiae in the matter of Centre for Child Law and 25 others v Minister of Basic Education and 4 others, tomorrow, on the 2nd July 2019. This ground-breaking case concerns the ability of undocumented learners to access to their right to a basic education.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

28 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) is deeply concerned that municipalities are not improving in their audit outcomes. On Wednesday 27 June 2019, the Auditor-General, Mr Kimi Makwetu released the MFMA 2017-18 report on the local government audit outcomes. The report reveals a regression in the audit outcomes. The Commission continues to share the Auditor-General’s frustration that despite previous reports containing recommendations, the majority of municipalities have been slow in implementing the recommendations of the Auditor-General, with some blatantly disregarding the recommendations of the Auditor-General.  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

28 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) visited twenty seven (27) police stations across all nine (9) provinces, country-wide on 26 June 2019 to mark the day designated as the International Day Against Torture. The Commission inspected the conditions under which persons who are detained in those police stations were held and engaged with the South African Police Service (SAPS) authorities in the process. This was a first initiative in visiting places of detention for the Commission, to mark the international day in support of victims of torture and it proved to be a great success. The Commission appreciates the support received from and commends Stations Commanders for their assistance.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

28 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the judgment handed down on 27 June 2019 by the High Court sitting in Johannesburg in the National Credit Regulator v Standard Bank (South African Human Rights Commission intervening as amicus curiae), a matter relating to the interpretation of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 (“NCA”).

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 June 2019

Tomorrow, 27 June 2019, the Randburg Magistrates’ Court sitting as the Equality Court will hear the South African Human Rights Commission’s (“the Commission”) hate speech case against Mr Angelo Agrizzi. This application by the Commission follows Mr Agrizzi’s testimony at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry in which he admitted to using racial slurs.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

25th June 2019

Today, 26 June 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/ Commission) marks the International Day in Support for the Victims of Torture. The significance of this day is traced back to 26 June, 1987 when the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) came into force. The UNCAT is the main international mechanism which proclaimed the absolute prohibition of torture in binding international law instrument. Similarly, this absolute prohibition has been entrenched in section 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

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