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5 April 2020

The enforcement of lockdown regulations has resulted in 38 reported incidents against the police, ranging from murder, assault and rape to discharging of a firearm.
The allegations, lodged with the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), include eight deaths and one rape.
Of these cases, six were “deaths owing to police action” and two emanated from “deaths in police custody”.
According to Ipid spokesperson Sontaga Seisa, the two deaths that occurred in police custody took place in Limpopo.
4 April 2020
 
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating 38 cases brought against police members across the country for reported misconduct during the lockdown period so far.
31 Mar 2020


CAPE TOWN, March 31 (ANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will continue to monitor the observance of human rights throughout the country's coronavirus lockdown.
29 March 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission is probing a video of a white woman giving several black people a tutorial on how to wash their hands.
27 March 2020

The high court in Pretoria has ordered that the justice minister provide witness protection for whistleblower Thabiso Zulu.
The order was made after the South African Human Rights Commission went to court to assist Zulu, a close friend of slain ANC Youth League leader Sindiso Magaqa.
24 March 2020

Seasonal farm worker says she was dismissed without full pay and told: "It's because of the virus"
As uncertainty and fear grows amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors. This could see hundreds if not thousands of seasonal farm workers like Elizabeth Pietersen without means to provide for their families.
23 March 2020

By Greg Nicolson

The government is falling short of its responsibility to deliver adequate healthcare and housing rights to Gauteng residents as structural inequality persists, an SA Human Rights Commission report on the province has found.
23 ‎Mar‎ch ‎2020

Johannesburg - As Human Rights Rights Day was commemorated at the weekend, Gauteng’s poorer inhabitants continued to experience lack of access to their basic human rights - despite being in the most urbanised and richest province in the country.
23 March 2020
 
By Ashraf Hendricks

Seasonal farm worker says she was dismissed without full pay and told: "It's because of the virus"
As uncertainty and fear grows amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak, some farms in the Western Cape are closing their doors. This could see hundreds if not thousands of seasonal farm workers like Elizabeth Pietersen without means to provide for their families.
18 March 2020

DA interim federal leader John Steen­huisen has threatened to institute legal action against the Msunduzi Municipality for exposing residents to health hazards by failing to maintain the toxic New England Road landfill site. Steenhuisen, who conducted an oversight visit to the dump on Tuesday, said the DA would be writing to Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy, calling for the national government to intervene. “We will have to force the municipality to comply with regulations and, if needs be, and as last resort, we will consider partnering those individuals who will be instituting legal action against the Msunduzi Municipality,” he said.
18 March, 2020

The IFP has today written to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to accordingly request that two individual matters be investigated and that appropriate action/sanction can be taken by the SAHRC.
12 march 2020

Five trucks were torched on Monday night and most roads leading into Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal were blocked by protesters. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng (ANA)
Commission hears evidence on steps taken to stop attacks on foreign truck drivers
12 March 2020
 
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigation into violence in the road freight industry was yesterday told that many foreign truck drivers who were attacked failed to report the cases to the police.
10 March 2020
 
By Ntwaagae Seleka

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg has heard how foreign nationals employed as long-distance truck drivers were identified before being attacked during violent protests.
4 March 2020

Workshop on Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities for National Human Rights Institutions
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission or the SAHRC) with assistance from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will be hosting a workshop on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities for National Human Rights Institutions
4 March 2020

The lack of infrastructure development and high vacancy rates at a number of healthcare facilities in the Free State are amongst some of the key issues that needs to be addressed.
3 March 2020

Megan Watling and Sasha-Lee Heekes were told that the Beloftebos Wedding Venue would not host their special day in April 2021, because of their sexual orientation.
2 March 2020

An NPA state advocate has told the SAHRC investigation that in some instances foreign truck drivers are too scared to approach the police when they are attacked because their status as foreign nationals will be uncovered.
2 March 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) believes its case against the owners of the Beloftebos wedding venue is important enough to be heard by a full bench in the Western Cape High Court, where it launched a court application on Monday.
"This is obviously a case that will not only be applicable to wedding venues," commissioner André Gaum said.
2 March 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) has congratulated Team South Africa (SA) for winning the Fifth International School Moot Court Competition in Poland on 31 January. In a statement released by the SAHRC, the SAHRC stated that at the beginning of 2019, it became the lead institution in presenting the National Schools Moot Court Competition (NSMCC) with its main partners being the Department of Basic Education, as well as the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, providing opportunity to grade ten and 11 learners to participate in the NSMCC.
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