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17 August 2022


Durban — The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has criticised the KwaZulu-Natal master water plan, calling it an ambitious document that lacked detail on how it would be implemented.

The commission was grilling new Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Sihle Zikalala during the commission’s Provincial Inquiry on Access to Water held in Umhlanga on Tuesday.
15 August 2022

The South African Human Right Commission's inquiry into water access in KwaZulu-Natal kicked off in Umhlanga on Monday.

Chairperson of the Tongaat Civic Association, Don Perumall, said Monday marked 126 days of residents not having running water in their taps.

He believes that Tongaat has been sidelined because of its racial make-up.
15 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into water access in KwaZulu-Natal will open with testimony from a hydrologist.

The commission says it's been inundated with complaints about the province's water challenges for years.
10 August 2022

Climate change, poverty and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are some of the factors leading to increased reports of childhood malnutrition and starvation in the Eastern Cape.

These were some of the submissions made at the South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) inquiry into child malnutrition in the province.
10 August 2022

Durban — KwaZulu-Natal’s housing crisis involving flood victims has drawn the attention of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which will this coming weekend conduct an oversight visit in the province focusing on the impact of the floods disaster on the right to adequate housing.

The oversight visit will be conducted by SAHRC commissioner Philile Ntuli from August 10 to August 12, 2022.
14 July 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it was inundated with complaints from employees opposed to their employers' insistence on mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations.

According to the commission's 2020/2021 trends analysis report, the Gauteng office in particular received many formal complaints from employees.

The complicated issue of the right to freedom of choice and the right to an environment not harmful to one's health and wellbeing continues to dominate public discourse, it said.

The SAHRC reported that studies and statistics indicated that many children in the province live in abject poverty and as a result are malnourished.

8 Aug 2022

A significant number of children across the Eastern Cape, who are living in abject poverty, are dying from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) caused by hunger.
08 Aug 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission in the Eastern Cape started an inquiry into complaints of severe malnutrition amongst children in the province.

The Inquiry started on Monday in East London and will run through to Thursday.

05 August 2022


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it is investigating the demolition of over 150 homes in Mahobieskraal, near Sun City in the North West.

Families were evicted and their houses were demolished following a court order that the Bapolomiti Communal Property Association had obtained.
5 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission says it will approach government to discuss possible solutions around illegal mining activities.

Illegal miners, commonly referred to as zama zamas, have been in the spotlight since the gang rape of eight women at a mine dump in Krugersdorp in Gauteng.
27 July 2022

The postponement was necessitated by challenges involving scheduling as the commission seeks to hear a range of stakeholders, some of whom are no longer able to attend during the scheduled dates.

23 July 2022

The commission has now resolved to host a Provincial Inquiry into the Right to Food and Child Malnutrition.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said in addition to media reports its Eastern Cape office has received complaints related to child deaths as a result of Severe Acute Malnutrition.

23 July 2022

The commission said that it had been in direct communication with grieving family members.

EAST LONDON - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that the families of the deceased in the Enyobeni Tavern tragedy were not receiving adequate support.
22 July 2022

Now the South African Human Rights Commission and parliament are offering a helping hand to assist the families of the deceased.

CAPE TOWN - It's been nearly a month since 21 young people died at the Enyobeni Tavern in East London, and the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Now the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and parliament are offering a helping hand to assist the families of the deceased.
20 July 2022

The maternity ward that has been under construction at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein for almost a decade, is set to be completed within the next 18 months.

The chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bongani Majola, told OFM News that they were informed during their oversight visit to determine the Free State’s state of health care, that the province's foremost trauma hospital, the Pelonomi Hospital, will have a completed maternity ward as the reconstruction has resumed. Majola explains that the resumption of the reconstruction comes after a legal battle in court between the department and the previous contractor who had failed to complete the ward.

20 July 2022

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that a number of demolitions carried out by the City of Cape Town during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown were illegal.

Judges Vincent Saldanha, Mokgoatji Dolamo and Hayley Slingers declared the City's conduct while carrying out the evictions as "unlawful" and "unconstitutional".
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20 July 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the Eastern Cape will next month host an inquiry to find solutions to decrease the prevalence of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) caused by hunger in children.

The commission said on Wednesday it has received complaints, coupled with various media reports, of deaths of children due to SAM.

It said studies and statistics indicated many children in the province were malnourished as a result of living in abject poverty.

20 July 2022

Out of utter desperation, members from various Free State communities approached the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), which has since paid a three-day visit to evaluate the province’s crumbling health infrastructure.

The commission has now put the ball in the Free State Department of Health’s court following their inspection.
19 July 2022

Local government wrongly applied the remedy of ‘counter spoliation’ to demolish shacks, judges rule.

The Western Cape high court has ruled that the City of Cape Town wrongly applied the remedy of “counter spoliation” when it demolished shacks and evicted families from several informal settlements during the Covid-19 lockdown.
13 July 2022

The probe into the alleged water crisis at the cash-strapped Trompsburg-based Kopanong Local Municipality is continuing months after a complaint was lodged with the human rights body.
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