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Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 08 February 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) receives high volumes of complaints relating to poor service delivery which is a national and systemic issue. The SAHRC’s KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office has over the past few years been inundated with such complaints from frustrated residents across the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The majority of complaints being received relate particularly to the lack of access to adequate water which is an intrinsic right to all persons living in the Republic.  The inability of the public and the most vulnerable of communities to access adequate water during this challenging period of the Covid 19 pandemic is of huge concern to the SAHRC as it lends itself to the transgression of a number of human rights including the right to human dignity, access to adequate water as well as the right to life.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 3rd February 2020

The arrival of the first batch of vaccines against the virulent and transmissible COVID-19 virus, on Monday the 1st February 2021, is welcomed by the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission). The Commission looks forward to more vaccines arriving soon and people getting access to them. Regarding the batch just received, the Commission is hopeful that inoculations can proceed within the next two weeks once all regulatory and quality assurance processes have been successfully completed.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
29 January 2021

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the SAHRC the Gauteng Provincial Office of the Commission has produced a five part podcast series looking at the work of the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 21st January 2021

                      
The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of the Minister in the Presidency, Mr. Jackson Mthembu, at the young age of 62.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
15 January 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has noted Government’s decision to postpose the reopening of schools by two (2) weeks. The Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Dr Regina Mhaule, stressed that this decision was made in part to alleviate pressure on the health system.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
21 December 2020

Over the years, the South African Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga (“Commission”) has received a number of complaints relating to water and sanitation challenges in Mpumalanga which impact negatively on communities, affect many aspects of their daily living and ultimately pose a serious risk to their health.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 December 2020

Over the years, the SAHRC Mpumalanga Provincial Office has received numerous complaints regarding undocumented children, who have been denied access to schools due to lack of documentation. The Commission considers this continuing conduct from some schools as a gross violation of the rights of children enshrined in the Constitution.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 December 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”), Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting a workshop on the right to equality under the theme: “Fighting Gender Inequality.” Gender inequality is rooted in gender-based discrimination, social norms and gender stereotypes.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 December 2020

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the SAHRC and to commemorate International Human Rights Day the Gauteng Provincial Office of the Commission has produced a five part podcast series looking at the work of the Commission.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
9 December 2020

The SAHRC Limpopo Provincial Office will commemorate International Human Rights Day and 25 years’ celebration of SAHRC at Phahla Manoge village, in the Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality to share and popularise its constitutional mandate.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 8th December 2020

                      
The 10th December 2020, marks an auspicious day when the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the South African Human Rights Commission, The Project Justice Trust and Constitution Hill are joining in a partnership to observe International Human Rights Day - to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the signing of the South African Constitution into law in 1996, the 25th  anniversary of the SAHRC and the 20th year since the passing of the first black Chief Justice in post-Apartheid South Africa, the late Chief Justice Ismail Mohamed.

3rd December 2020

Attention:  Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) has taken action agianst Beloftebos Wedding Venue and Others, in the Equality Court, Western Cape Division, in a matter of unfair discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, against same-sex couples.

 Attention: Editors and Reporters

2 December 2020

In July 2020 the SAHRC Limpopo Provincial Office (LPO) received complaints from several members of the public relating to a social media post made by one Hamilton Mkhothokgo (Respondent), which was widely disseminated. The Respondent was found to make remarks regarding the Vatsonga nation which the SAHRC is convinced constitute hate speech, harassment as well as unfair discrimination based on ethnic and social origin. The remarks included, amongst others, statements referring to offering the lives of the Vatsonga nation as sacrifices to the Covid19 virus, as this specific ethnic group do not bring any value to society.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) commemorates World AIDS Day, with the rest of the global community, today, the 1st December 2020. The 1st December is designated as World AIDS Day every year, since 1988, and dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Following its investigation into the deterioration and current state of the New England Road Landfill Site where several fires have emanated engulfing the city of Pietermaritzburg, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the SAHRC”) has instituted an urgent application in the Pietermaritzburg High Court against the Msunduzi Municipality.  The matter has been set down for 11 December 2020 for a Rule Nisi to be considered.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

01 December 2020

 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) provincial offices are conducting a week-long interprovincial cross-border roadshow to monitor the observance of human rights which will also serve to share and popularise its constitutional mandate.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

01 December 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Free State Provincial Offices will jointly host/ conduct an inter-provincial cross boarder roadshow in the three provinces from the 30 November – 5 December 2020.


Attention: Editors and Reporters
30 November 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) provincial offices will conduct a week-long interprovincial cross-border roadshow to monitor the observance of human rights which will also serve to share and popularise its constitutional mandate.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

29 November 2020

The South Africa Human Rights Commission (Gauteng Provincial Office), will conduct a follow up inspection of the Wasterwater and Water Treatment Plants in the City of Tshwane in order to assess progress made to resolve the drinking water quality issues in the Hammanskraal area. This visit forms part of the Commission’s week long cross-border roadshows which seek to improve the visibility and accessibility of the Commission and to strengthen public participation in human rights issues.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
26 November 2020

On 7 February 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in doing so, inviting governments, international organisations as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to cooperate in the organisation of activities designed to raise public awareness about gender based violence (GBV). Additionally, 25 November is a significant day as it marks the commencement of the globally observed 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.
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