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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

1 October 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has ordered six education MECs to address the lack of sanitation and water, including the use of pit toilets at schools.
Pierneef Theatre retracts its Press Statement made during October 2020, regarding the cancellation of the Children’s Theatre production by the Drizzles Production House, unconditionally and in its totality.  Click here to read the full apology

29 September 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is extremely concerned about poor service delivery in the North West.

North West Provincial Manager, Osmond Mngomezulu, says the lack of access to water, inadequate sanitation and sewage spillages in many communities is a violation of human rights.
29 September 2021

Pupils from more 3,000 schools from six provinces in the country risk falling into pit toilets every day, while others from at least 253 schools are without water and 248 schools have no sanitation at all.
24 September 2021

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating two hospitals in Mpumalanga for alleged lack of medical services and another for water shortages.
23 September 2021

A researcher says implementing the centuries-old values of Ubuntu into the mental healthcare system can humanise the mental healthcare system.

Statistics surrounding the mental healthcare landscape in South Africa were concerning as they suggested the state of mental health in the country appeared to have worsened, according to Dr Fikile Mnisi.
22 September 2021

DURBAN – THE South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced that it will be holding a three-week National Investigative Hearing into the July 2021 this year, starting from November.
They started by writing their arguments in an essay format, using the constitution and case laws to solve the case.

21 September 2021

Kwa-Thema – Laban Motlhabi learners Nobuhle Diko and Lesego Choshane were crowned winners of the South African Schools Moot Court Competition for Gauteng on Saturday. This was after competing against learners from 10 other schools, both public and former model C, from across the province.
21 September 2021

19 million residents dependent on the Vaal River were at serious risk due to being exposed to pollution and raw sewage.

Deputy President Mabuza, in his capacity as the chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Water and Sanitation, will visit the troubled Vaal River and the Kroonstad Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Some classrooms in Arcadia Senior Secondary have no electricity, the roof leaks, and science and computer studies have been suspended because of vandalism

21 September 2021

Pigeons are nesting in the classrooms of Arcadia Senior Secondary School in Gqeberha. The roof and walls of the prefabricated building leak and vandals have looted kitchen equipment, doors and window panes. Science and computer studies have been suspended because of fears the equipment will be stolen.
20 September 2021

The causes of alleged racially motivated attacks and killings during the July unrest will be investigated.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will look into the cause of the July unrest and the hearings will commence on 15 November 2021.
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is unconstitutional for companies to force employees to vaccinate against COVID-19.

17 September 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has said that companies are violating people’s rights by forcing individuals to vaccinate. SAHRC wants the government to point out the policy that allows companies to make the decision.
17 September 2021

The idea of a vaccine passport to allow people to enter certain events and venues has sparked a lot of debate, with readers saying the idea should be scrapped.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday the health department was considering implementing vaccine passports “which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events so people are able to demonstrate they’ve been vaccinated”.
16 September 2021

The nation is facing the prospect of vaccination-only facilities and buildings in South Africa, with the debate heightening after Sunday’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the government was considering this approach. JOHANNESBURG - While the South African Human Rights Commission said that it did not have a position on the vaccination passport issue as yet, its chairperson, Bongani Majola, has raised concern about the potential abuse of the rights of the unvaccinated.
14 Sep 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says its monitoring the government's plans to introduce a vaccine passport.

Chairperson, Bongani Majola, says at this stage, it's difficult to comment as this has not been introduced as yet.
07 September 2021

Hammanskraal families say they can't use the "brownish" and "slimy" water coming out of their taps.

GroundUp spoke to residents after a visit by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) at the Temba Water Purification Plant and Rooiwal Waste Water Treatment Works.
6 September 2021

PRETORIA – The CRL Rights Commission is continuing with its intervention to facilitate the resolution of friction among communities in KwaZulu-Natal in the aftermath of deadly violence, looting and widespread vandalism in July.
5 September 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced that it will be a third party in the appeal matter between 800m runner Caster Semenya and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights.
2 September 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed its displeasure over what it has described as the undrinkable water in Hammanskraal.
2 September 2021

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be joining an international forum in a legal case.
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