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24 August 2020  
 
The SAHRC has asked the court to interdict the City of Cape Town from demolishing structures without court oversight during the National State of Disaster.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) took the City of Cape Town to court last week following a series of contentious demolitions and evictions during the lockdown.
By Bulelwa Payi  Aug 22, 2020

JUDGES hearing an application for an interdict against the City following the recent eviction and demolition of homes have their “work cut out”.
Western Cape High Court Judge Yasmin Meer and Judge Rosheni Allie heard two days of arguments in the application for an urgent interdict lodged by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bulelani Qolani and others.
22 August 2020

The applicants are asking the court to interdict the City from demolishing structures without court oversight for the duration of the national state of disaster.
22 August 2020

Friday saw the second day of hearings in the matter between the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and others versus the City of Cape Town and the SA Police Service, with the EFF as intervening applicants.
16 August 2020
 
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the water and sanitation services provided to Cradock, Middelburg and Komani in the Eastern Cape after an initial investigation found that it constituted a ‘prima facie violation’ of residents’ human rights. The investigation is the latest twist in two decades of desperate efforts by residents to stop the collapse of services in the three towns.
07 August 2020

Residents had been demonstrating since last Friday to raise concerns over a lack of housing and service delivery.
 
CAPE TOWN – Access to roads in St Helena Bay on Thursday was reopened following days of violent protests. But, authorities urged motorists to still remain vigilant.

01 August 2020
 
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is expected to meet on Friday with the Competition Commission to probe potential price gouging relating to essential items during the COVID-19 pandemic.
31 July 2020

The commission conducted a site inspection of the facility on Wednesday to assess its state of readiness ahead of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
26 July 2020

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has expressed concern over government’s decision to keep schools closed for all grades, except grades 7 and 12.

25 July 2020


South African Human Rights Commission's Andre Gaum says There is a growing body of international and local research that indicates devastating and long-term effects for young children not reading and writing for extended periods.
24 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says the decision by the government to close schools is “regrettable and unjustifiable”.
“The decision means that by August 24 2020 over 10 million South African children, depending on the grade they are in, will have lost over 50% or 100 scheduled school days as a result of Covid-19 school closures,” the commission said in a statement.
24 July 2020
 
The Department of Basic Education says that while Covid-19 infection numbers at schools aren’t a major point of concern, they are increasing – but more worrying is the psychological impact the pandemic is having on learners.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday evening (23 June) that all public schools in the country will close for a four week break, returning on 24 August.
17 July 2020

The commission's electronic survey has found about nine in ten schools reported that all learners and staff wear masks.
 
CAPE TOWN – A South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) survey suggests provincial education departments have taken decisive steps to implement COVID-19 safety measures.

16 July 2020


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) supports children going back to school during the Covid-19 pandemic, it said in a statement.
In the statement released on Wednesday, the commission said it supported Unicef’s position that pupils return to schools as soon as possible because “evidence points to harm being done to children by not being in school”.
16 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has come out in full support of South African schools staying open and more children returning to class. The commission supports UN agency Unicef’s findings that more harm will be done to children if they discontinue learning.
Many teachers’ unions have called for schools to be closed as the country expects a peak in coronavirus infections.
16 July 2020

There has been much furore surrounding the reopening of South Africa’s schools. Teachers have protested the phased reopening of schools, as they believe it is not yet safe for pupils to return to their respective educational establishments. Now, the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced it supports the reopening of South Africa’s schools.
15 July 2020

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has come out in support of the reopening of schools in the country.
The commission said on Wednesday it “supports the position of Unicef that children should return to schools as soon as possible because ‘evidence points to harm being done to children by not being in school'.”
13 June 2020

The former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission succumbed to the virus on Friday night at the One Military Hospital in Pretoria.
2 July 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) intends taking the City of Cape Town to court over its eviction policy following the forced removal of a naked man from his shack in Khayelitsha on Wednesday.
"There is absolutely no excuse for what happened," said SAHRC commissioner Chris Nissen on Thursday.
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