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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

19 January 2022

The mayor and municipal manager of Nyandeni municipality in the Eastern Cape have been subpoenaed to appear before the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to respond to a complaint about poor service delivery.
18 January 2022

Details of the proposed hearings emerged during a virtual meeting that not only looked into the circumstances surrounding the death of homeless man Dumisani Joxo on Sunday, 9 January 2022, but also into systemic attacks on homeless people in general.

Monday’s virtual meeting — hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi, and attended by civil society organisations and representatives of homeless communities — discussed the perceived increase in brutality directed at poor families and the homeless by Cape Town law enforcement officers.
15 January 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called on the Department of Basic Education to fulfil its constitutional mandate by making sure that the quality of education in rural, township and suburban schools is equal.

It says the state of education needs to be urgently addressed to guarantee every child the right to a decent education.
15 January 2022

A memorial service for Dumisani Joxo, the homeless man who shot dead - allegedly by a law enforcement officer - was held in Rondebosch on Friday.
14 January 2022

An association of school governing bodies has complained to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about the Eastern Cape education department’s failure to supply stationery and textbooks in time for the reopening of schools next Wednesday.
12 January 2022

A group of homeless men take in the last of the days light before seeking a place to sleep on a deserted promenade during the 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 15, 2020
8 January 2022

JOHANNESBURG - The North West Education Department has pleaded with the Human Rights Commission to work with the department to protect a pupil’s right to education.
21 December 2021

The litigation is expected to take place in 2022, after it was revealed that more than 3,000 schools have only pit latrines for learners to use.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is set to take legal action against several provincial education departments over unsafe and unhygienic toilets in schools.

On Tuesday, the SAHRC announced it plans on taking five provincial education departments in North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to court, in a bid to get rid of pit toilets.
19 December 2021

THE South African Human Rights Commission has appealed for calm and peace in the country. This follows the court nullifying the decision on the Department of Correctional Services’ granting medical parole to former president Jacob Zuma.
The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, rescinded the decision last week, and ordered that Zuma return to the department’s facilities to serve the rest of his sentence, amid threats of violence from Zuma's supporters.
18 December 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC has called for calm amid fears of unrest emanating from former president Jacob Zuma's ordered return to prison. The High Court in Pretoria ruled this week Zuma should serve out the remainder of the 15month sentence imposed by the Constitutional Court.
17 December 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for calm amid threats of unrest by disgruntled pro-Zuma supporters.

This after the High Court in Pretoria ordered the former president’s medical parole to be overturned.
10 December 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has rejected as unfounded suggestions that the unrest that happened in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July is a reflection of the Constitution’s failure to uphold basic human rights.
10 December 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the University of Cape Town’s Online High School have partnered on an initiative that aims to accelerate access to Online Learning, particularly for girl children in rural areas. In its pilot phase, set for the 2022 school calendar, this important collaboration will focus on the communities of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, about 50 km northwest of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal.  
7 December 2021

The United Phosphorus South Africa Limited (UPL) says it will make a written submission to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) following testimony that the company allegedly failed to comply with environmental regulations.
This after hazardous chemicals polluted the air and waterways when the warehouse was set alight during the July unrest.
3 December 2021

Police Minister Bheki Cele is testifying at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings looking into the July unrest as the last witness for the KwaZulu-Natal proceedings.

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday told the inquiry investigating the July unrest that he was not convinced the Phoenix violence, which broke out during the unrest, could be linked with racial tension, saying it was crime.
Cele is testifying at the South African Human Rights Commission hearings looking into the July unrest as the last witness for the KwaZulu-Natal proceedings.
3 December 2021

Small Business Development Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says she cannot recall Cabinet discussing whether the July unrest was an in fact an insurrection.

She testified at the South African Human Rights Commission’s investigative hearings into the unrest.
“I doubt or I don’t recall that we went to that level. When the incident happened, others were in portfolio committees and there were urgent meetings, as cabinet we really tried to apply our minds on what could have been the root cause,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.
At the time she was the minister of communications.
03 December 2021

Police minister Bheki Cele could not have provided “executive direction” during the July unrest and looting because he did not receive any intelligence reports from national commissioner Lt-Gen Khehla Sitole or crime intelligence.
Cele made this assertion in an affidavit he will present to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday afternoon.
“As stated, pertaining to the violence mainly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng for the period leading up to the outbreak and from the time the violence broke out to the time it was brought under control, I did not receive an intelligence report from either the national commissioner or the divisional commissioner: crime intelligence,” Cele’s affidavit reads.
3 December 2021

DURBAN - A CONSULTANT to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), told the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry into the July unrest yesterday that social media played a major part in encouraging the looting.
David Bruce, an independent researcher and consultant at the ISS, said social media posts had encouraged unlawful behaviour during the July unrest.
3 December 2021

DURBAN - David Bruce of the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) told the South African Human Rights Commission that the police response to the July unrest was perceived to be not vigorous enough and they did not take it seriously.
The SAHRC’s national investigative hearing heard testimony from survivors, various community members, as well as industry players in commerce and private security.
2 December 2021

DURBAN - Police Minister Bheki Cele will testify at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) hearing in Umhlanga on Friday, which is investigating the July unrest.
This week, National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole took the stand.
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