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Chapter Nine Institutions: Time to Guard the Guardians

By Pregs Govender, SAHRC Deputy Chairperson

Video presentation: ISS-Goedgedacht Seminar: “Chapter Nine Institutions: Guardians of Our Constitution”

At the recent meeting between State Institutions Supporting Constitutional Democracy and Parliamentary Committees MPs weighed in on ‘this independence thing’ of Chapter Nine Institutions. One MP asserted that there must be ‘one country, one voice!’ Instead of being vigorously challenged, she was supported by other MPs opposed to Chapter Nine Institutions criticising Government.

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TEXTBOOKS: Concourt dismisses Department of Basic Education's challenge with costs

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High Court Judgment a victory for migrants in South Africa

Attention: Editors and Reporters

28th August 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the judgment handed over by the South Gauteng High Court in a matter relating to the illegal detention of immigrants against the Department of Home Affairs. The judgment was given today, the 28th August 2014, in the matter of the South African Human Rights Commission & others v Lindela Repatriation Centre & others.

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SAHRC calls on Government to address systemic Land Claims challenges in order to fast-track restitution of land rights

Attention: Editors and Reporters

18th August 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has completed its report on the issues and challenges affecting the implementation of the land restitution process in South Africa prior to 2014. The report, titled Monitoring and Investigating the Systemic Challenges Affecting the Land Restitution Process in SA, reveals a significant number of problems including under-staffing, lack of technical skills and inadequate research capacity as some of the challenges that have hindered the restitution of land rights. The Commission remains concerned that these systemic challenges and gaps remain unresolved; and that, although the number of outstanding claims is not reliable as the system of counting has changed so often, thousands of people have been waiting for almost two decades to have their matters dealt with. Some documents appear to have been lost and there is also no clarity about how the existing claimants will not be prejudiced by legislative amendments.

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Vacancies

The South African Human Rights Commission is searching for talented individuals who are committed to shaping the future of South Africa.

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Invitation to Register on and Update the SAHRC Supplier Database

In compliance with the Public Finance Management Act Of 1999 and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act of 2000 and to ensure a competitive procurement process, the SAHRC invites its current suppliers/service provider of goods and services to update their detail and prospective suppliers to apply for accreditation and registration on the SAHRC database.

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SAHRC finds against Free State Municipality over water provision

MEDIA STATEMENT

11th August 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) found that the Kopanong Local Municipality, in the Free State violated the resident’s right to human dignity by its failure to provide safe and sustainable water supply fundamental for a healthy, productive and dignified life. The Municipality has been given 18 months to implement turnaround strategy to fix the water crisis.

SAHRC finds no fault in "women murder" complaint

Media Statement:

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

28 July 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission has found no violations in the complaint by musician Steve Hofmeyr, the Freedom Front Plus, and others over statements made arising from a research report on the murder of women in South Africa.

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SAHRC finds against staff at Free State School over racism claims

23 July 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission is calling on the Free State Education Department to develop procedures for monitoring and reporting on initiatives to counter racism in public schools in the province.
This comes after a finding made by the Commission against the Principal and staff at Dr Viljoen Combined School in a racism case.
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Ms Vivienne Basson apologises for racist Facebook postings

The SAHRC has received and accepted an unconditional apology by Ms Vivienne Basson who was accused of discrimination on the basis of race and culture following her post of Facebook earlier this year. The apology was received during a conciliation meeting with Ms Basson recently.

The Commission was alerted in April 2014 through the media to comments made by Ms Basson on social media platform Facebook.
The comment included words that appeared discriminatory on the basis of race, culture and ethnic or social origin: “Effing k****r taxi. And once again I vote for the death penalty. These savages don’t (sic) deserve to live…they can rot in hell.”
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SAHRC is concerned about the arrest of peaceful healthcare protestors

11 July 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wishes to express its concern at the arrest of peaceful protestors staging a sit-in at the Free State Health Department’s Head Office. We have been advised that most of the protestors are women health care workers expressing dissatisfaction with the state of health care in the province and the alleged dismissal of about 3000 community health workers.
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SAHRC calls on Government to act on initiates' death

02 July 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reports

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) would like to express its deepest concern at the continued deaths of the initiates at the circumcision schools across the country.
So far seventeen initiates have reportedly died in the Eastern Cape and the number is expected to rise as more schools receive initiates with the inland schools in recess.
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Social Exclusion and Poverty Traps among Children in South Africa

With the release of the Living  Conditions Survey of 2009, its data indicated wide and deeply worrisome disparities between children living in poverty and children not living in poverty, with respect to full access to such basic needs as water, sanitation, refuse removal, electricity and formal housing. The data also indicated that there were certain groups of children who suffered from such lack to a greater extent and were more deeply mired in poverty than others.

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Media invite to the release of a report on the effect of poverty in children

20th June 2014


Attention: Editors and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission invites members of the media to the release of a report on the effect of poverty in children.

Mediation between Alice Brown and Adams Discount Stores

The SAHRC recently mediated between Alice Brown and Adams Discount Stores on an alleged racial discrimination incident.


SAHRC Report on Delivery of Primary Learning Materials to Schools

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Ending Corporal punishment in schools requires commitment of all role players

Opinion Piece by Commissioner Mokate, SAHRC Commissioner responsible for Children and Basic education

Despite having been abolished for 18 years, corporal punishment in schools continues with alarming frequency with the General Household Surveys 2012, indicating that some 2.2 million children were made subject to the practise in this year. Of late, the SAHRC has noted a considerable rise of incidence of corporal punishment in schools.


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Public Call for Proposals: Open Data

The SAHRC would like to make a public call for proposals from organisations with the relevant knowledge and capacity to conduct a feasibility study and assessment on South Africa’s readiness for an open data portal. This feasibility study will be aimed at establishing a foundation for a road map to direct South Africa in launching the portal. Interested organisations must be willing to partner with the Commission, and work on a pro bono basis, or raise donor funds for the project.
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MEDIA STATEMENTS

High Court Judgment a victory for migrants in South Africa
SAHRC calls on Government to address systemic Land Claims challenges in order to fast-track restitution of land rights
SAHRC finds against Free State Municipality over water provision
MEDIA INVITE: SAHRC to investigate living conditions of widows in Marikana
Media Briefing Invite: SAHRC to host National Hearing on Transformation at Universities in South Africa


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SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

The SAHRC promotes, protects and monitors human rights in South Africa. It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implemen-
tation of PAIA.

Calendar

01 June – International Children’s Day
05 June – World Environment Day
15 June
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
09 August – Women’s Day
16 June
Youth Day
20 June – World Refugee Day

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