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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

“The smell is unbearable and the environmental degradation is visible,” said Buang Jones, provincial head of the SAHRC

16 February 2022

A child’s sewage-soaked teddy bear lies amid plastic bottles and rotting waste, while an onshore breeze carries the stench of human excrement and rotten eggs to people gathered on the shore.

This was the sight and smell that greeted members of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and media on a brief inspection of Wemmer Pan, a recreational lake south of Johannesburg’s CBD, on Tuesday.
16 February 2022

Communities under the Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality in Mpumalanga have once again raised service delivery complaints with the South African Human Right Commission (SAHRC).
14 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will on Monday conduct a joint inspection with government in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

The commission will assess progress in implementing directives following its joint report with the Public Protector in July last year, which recommended that government urgently intervene to correct human rights violations in the township.
9 February 2022

Two victims of the so-called ‘Masoyi Monster’ are yet to be buried. The Mpumalanga High Court found Julius Mndawe guilty on five counts of murder and defeating the ends of justice, last week.

Mndawe killed and buried the women in his yard at the Masoyi Village near Hazyview, between 2018 and 2019.
4 February 2022

Cape Town - Despite the extension of equality courts to magistrate’s courts to attend to matters of equality, communities are still submitting complaints of this nature to the Human Rights Commission.

This emerged during a community engagement on Equality Toolkits on Thursday, where the provincial Human Rights Commission (HRC), in partnership with Langa Community Advice Services, hosted a workshop for community’s stakeholders.
02 February 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for a catch-up plan for pupils who have lost out on time in the classroom because of rotational learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
29 January 2020

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission has confirmed they will be visiting three prisons where solitary confinement exists.

The Judicial Inspectorate For Correctional Services (JICS) carried out a report on the infringement of human rights and released it to various departments, including the Department of Correctional Services for their response.
27 January 2022

Johannesburg - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has through its investigative reports found that there is a dire need to upskill and capacitate people working in municipalities.

24 January 2022

An EFF councillor who allegedly masqueraded as a white female on Twitter is back in court on Monday where he is facing off against the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
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.
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