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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity

14 June 2019

The facility came under the spotlight after 76-year-old Martha Marais was found tied to a steel bench on the cold floor two weeks ago.
11 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has told a doctor at Mamelodi Hospital, Tshwane that his answers about what transpired when 76-year-old Martha Marais was restrained under a bench last month were contradictory.
The incident took place in the hospital casualty section.
11 June 2019

Staff shortages and a lack of beds are among the chief challenges faced by doctors and nurses at the Mamelodi Hospital.
Others problems include inadequate ventilation and no seclusion rooms for mentally ill patients.

11 June 2019

Infrastructure issues, staff shortages and a lack of beds are common problems at hospitals the commission visited.
05 June 2019

Langa’s most frail and vulnerable have had to go nearly a week without a hot meal or warm shower as the City of Cape Town cut the Cheshire Home’s electricity over unpaid bills.

05 June 2019

There is about one police officer per 730 residents in Alexandra, according to Gauteng South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner Elias Mawela. This is well below the national standard for police to community ratio and the ratio recommended by the United Nations (UN).
5 June 2019

Ndivhoniswa Lukhwareni says he had the understanding that the targeted structures were either incomplete and/or unoccupied.
5 June 2019
 
Gauteng provincial police commissioner General Elias Mawela has dismissed claims that Alexandra is ‘lawless’ — the accusations were made by some state bodies and residents at the inquiry into conditions in the township.
'Where is the humanity towards the homeless, especially in winter

04 June 2019

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say the layout of Alexandra is a huge challenge for policing.
Provincial police commissioner Elias Mawela gave this testimony before the South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into Alexandra on Tuesday.
03 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it would investigate the circumstances around the incident.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has said four employees have been implicated in an investigation at a Mamelodi hospital after an elderly woman, Matha Marais, was found handcuffed to the floor.
03 June 2019

Footage emerged on social media last week which showed the 76-year-old lying on the floor of the hospital with her hands tied to a chair.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will be assisting Martha Marais’ family to see if they can get compensation from the Gauteng Health Department and Mamelodi Hospital.
03 June 2019

IVORY PARK – Eskom has allegedly considered electrification of three informal settlements.

The South African Human Rights Commission has commended the Ivory Park Ward 133 residents for a peaceful march, and for approaching the commission for assistance on service delivery issues.
03 June 2019

The SAHRC probe was set up following weeks of disruptive service delivery protests earlier this year.

ALEXANDRA - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) inquiry into Alexandra has heard how lawlessness is a serious issue in the township.
02 June 2019

A nurse, security guard and two doctors implicated in tying 76-year-old Martha Marais to a bench at Mamelodi hospital have been put on special leave.
02 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is demanding answers from the Mamelodi Hospital management, following reports of patient abuse.
30 May 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission wants Angelo Agrizzi to pay R200‚000 in compensation for referring to black people using the k-word.
28 May 2019

Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in the province has found that discrimination against coloured applicants at the Labour Department's offices in Mitchells Plain constituted a human rights violation that must be further investigated by its national office.
The commission conducted an investigation after a complaint laid by the organisation Gatvol Capetonians that coloured people were overlooked by the department when they applied for 46 posts last year. According to Gatvol president Fadiel Adams, about 1 000 coloured candidates from the community applied but were not considered or shortlisted. Their applications were handed in at the Mitchells Plain office and put in a box.
27 May 2019

Johannesburg - Businessman Adam Catzavelos was expected to appear in court on Tuesday to answer for a racial slur he uttered while on holiday and which was caught on video.
23 May 2019

Negotiations between Oak Valley Estate and the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) appear to be deadlocked.
23 May 2019

The City of Johannesburg hosted the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for Africa Day Social Cohesion Summit at the Metropolitan Building on 23 May.
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