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13 July 2022

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 led to a new category of violations being reported to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

In its annual Trends Analysis Report for 2020-2021, the commission said it received 221 complaints relating to Covid-19 and 452 enquiries relating to the pandemic.

The province with the most complaints was the Free State with 64 complaints, followed by Gauteng with 57. Gauteng recorded the highest number of enquiries - 165.
12 July 2022

The state of healthcare institutions and the quality of services provided in the Free State, will this week be under scrutiny by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The team led by the SAHRC chairperson, Bongani Majola, kicked off their oversight visit at the Pelonomi Hospital and MUCPP community clinic in Bloemfontein. The Provincial Manager of the SAHRC, Thabang Kheswa, stated they started with the two institutions because they have had complaints coming from the provincial office. They will over the week visit other institutions in the province, including the Manapo Hospital in Qwaqwa.
09 July 2022

The mother of a 13-year old girl who was allegedly gang raped by three senior boys in an Eastern Cape school hostel says in spite of many promises of support and counselling from the Eastern Cape education department, her daughter has been left to fend for herself.

The incident in early June was only reported on July 1. Three boys have since been arrested and released on bail.
04 July 2022

The commission has been inundated with complaints relating to challenges with access to water in various districts of KZN.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial office of the South African Human Rights Commission (KZN PO) will hold a provincial inquiry on access to water in KZN.

The commission has been inundated with complaints relating to challenges with access to water in various districts in the province.
4 July 2022

Hearings into the lack of access to water in KwaZulu-Natal by the South African Human Rights Commission were supposed to start on Monday.

The inquiry was meant to sit for the next eleven days in the province.
28 June 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission will investigate the deaths 21 minors at the Enyobeni tavern in East London.

The youngsters died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The SAHRC believes the children's best interests were not upheld at the Tavern.

23 June 2022

This is in a bid to address racial and other social conflicts.

JOHANNESBURG - With the public hearings into the July unrest now concluded, South African Human Rights Commissioner Andre Guam has announced that the Chapter 9 institution is working with the Department of Education to develop a social cohesion curriculum.
23 June 2022

The Commission will provide human rights sensitisation workshops after investigations have been concluded.

Following the uproar after Mogale City Public Safety personnel burned and confiscated blankets, clothes and other belongings from the homeless in Mogale City, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) became involved.
20 June 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will visit Qhumanco village in Cofimvaba after reports of tensions between South Africans and foreigners in the area.
17 May 2022

Stellenbosch University senior director of student affairs Choice Makhetha says the perpetrator has been removed from campus as the investigation starts.
15 June 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Gauteng has called for the protection of public servants who are whistleblowers.

This call follows the visit by the commission to Rahima Moosa Mother and Child hospital on Tuesday in Johannesburg, after Dr Tim De Maayer was reinstated.
13 June 2022

A statement released on Monday by the South African Social Security Agency said ‘payments for the new cycle of the Covid-19 SRD grant (from April 2022) will be paid as from mid-June 2022. Sassa will continue clearing outstanding payments from the previous cycle as and when the bank details are confirmed’.
13 June 2022

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants the troubled Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg, which is a regional hospital, reclassified as a tertiary hospital.

13 June 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission paid the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg a visit on Monday following the suspension of a whistleblower doctor.
12 June 2022

Paediatrician Dr Tim de Maayer is back at work at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg after he placed on precautionary suspension for alleged misconduct.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department says it will address the appalling conditions of its hospitals following the reinstatement of a doctor who spoke out against the failures of the department and its facilities.
10 June 2022

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg has lifted the suspension of Dr Tim De Maayer.

He was suspended on Thursday after penning an open letter, published by Daily Maverick, in which he pleads with authorities to help provide quality healthcare to children at the hospital.
10 June 2022

On Thursday, 9 June, paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Tim de Maayer, who recently exposed the shocking state of children’s healthcare at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, was suspended for ‘serious misconduct’, which prompted a massive outpouring of public support for him. The Gauteng Department of Health has now announced that his suspension has been lifted, saying the matter was ‘resolved amicably’.
2 June 2022

Hofmeyer said Disney’s agenda is to groom children to have sex with animals.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said it will be instituting legal proceedings against Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr for his remarks that Disney’s agenda is to groom children to have sex with animals. Hofmeyr also said the LGBTQ+ community represents bestiality.
1 June 2022

CAPE TOWN - The Human Rights Commission has given Stellenbosch University until 3 June to provide its findings into two alleged incidents of racism at the institution.

Commissioner André Gaum has confirmed that one of the incidents involves Babalo Ndwayana who recorded Theuns du Toit urinating on his belongings.
30 May 2022

A Pietermaritzburg residents and ratepayers body has approached the South African Human Rights Association (SAHRC) over Msunduzi’s ongoing billing issues.

According to the letter of complaint from the Msunduzi Association of Residents Ratepayers and Civics (Marcc), the municipality has allegedly violated the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 in respect of illegal disconnection of water and electricity of local residents.
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