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Media Statement: SAHRC, Pastor Bougardt reach agreement in Equality court case

Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is happy and welcomes an agreement that has been reached in the matter before the Equality Court between the Commission and Pastor Oscar Peter Bougardt.

The matter was settled after participation in the process of mediation between the Commission and Pastor Bougardt, before the Honourable Mr Justice Bozalek at the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

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SAHRC strongly disassociates itself from false information following mediation with Mongezi Mahlangu and James French

Attention: Editors and reporters

21 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received complaints about violations to the rights to dignity and equality from James French, Alice Choe, Mongezi Mahlangu and Mome Mahlangu

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Craigpark residents Association and Alsilinx NPC resolve dispute over Scouthall at ERF 24, Craighall Park

13 October 2014

In August 2014, the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) received a complaint from Ms Lebohang Litha on her behalf and on behalf of Alsilinx NPC (the Complainant).

Alsilinx NPC entered into an agreement with the City of Joburg Property Company SOC LTD (the JPC) to lease Erf 24 Craighall (the Property). The lease agreement permits Alsilinx NPC to use the Property for community and early learning purposes and to make improvements to the property.

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SAHRC urges NHRIs to protect Human Rights Defenders in Business and Human Rights

Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate, SAHRC Commissioner responsible for Children and Basic Education was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16 - 18 September 2014  with other human rights campaigners from across the continent. She delivered a presentation on “How National Human Rights Institutions can protect Human Rights Defenders in Business and Human Rights.”


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Evictions of illegal land dwellers must be done humanely, Commissioner Ameermia

Extracts from presentation by Adv Ameermia, SAHRC Commissioner responsible for housing

The crystallised principles


1. Alternative Accommodation


It is now trite principle that it is only just and equitable to evict unlawful occupiers if alternative accommodation is provided where an eviction would otherwise result in homelessness.  The duty to provide alternative accommodation applies not only when an organ of state evicts people from their land, but also when a private landowner applies for the eviction of unlawful occupier/occupiers.

Although the nature and standard of the alternative accommodation to be provided has not been clearly resolved, it is clear that certain so-called alternative accommodation will not pass constitutional muster.  This was made clear in the recent ruling in the South Gauteng High Court where the court held that the gender segregation of married couples and the day time lock-out for residents imposed by the City of Johannesburg’s outsourced arrangements to provide alternative accommodation impinged on various constitutional rights.   The rights which were infringed by such an arrangement were found to include the right to human dignity, privacy and security of person.

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Commissioner Malatji expresses concern at the continued discrimination of people with disability

In his address to the delegates at the First Meeting between NHRIs, National Independent Monitoring Mechanisms designated under article 33.2 of the UNCRPD and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held in Geneva on 25 September 2014, Adv Malatji called on governments to do more to promote rights of people with disability

Systemic barriers to equal participation and equal access to opportunity have historically marginalised the rights of persons with disabilities quite significantly. It is, therefore, of considerable importance that, to date, 149 nation states have undertaken, through their ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to advance the rights of these individuals through numerous complementary mechanisms. One of the little known facts about the CRPD, for example, is that, in the canon of international legal instruments, the CRPD is notable for containing the most references to the duty of States not only to protect rights but, also, to promote them.
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Failure by Social Development Dept. to adequately fund the Johannesburg Association for the Blind contribute to human rights violations at the school, SAHRC finds

ATTENTION: EDITORS AND REPORTERS

07 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that systematical challenges such as late payments, lack of coordinated approach to address disability issues within residential facilities contributed to human rights challenges found at the Johannesburg Association for the Blind.

The Commission initiated an own investigation following an expose’ by SABC Programme, “Cutting Edge”  where seven blind students who were residents at the association’s premises alleged that they were evicted by the association out of their residents with no alternative accommodation. The programme alleged that these students were forced to sleep outside the building for two nights.

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SAHRC welcomes SAJBD’s acceptance of apology following anti-semetic comments

MEDIA STATEMENT

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found against Mr Ziyaad Kayat following his anti-semetic comments in the social media.

In July 2014, Mr. Kayat sent a message to the inbox of the Facebook page of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) that read “All Jews are pigs” and “I think we should kill you SA Jews and kill your kids and let you feel what the Palestinians are feeling.”

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SAHRC convene national hearing relating to safety and security challenges facing farming communities

Attention: Editors and Reporters

04 October 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a second phase of its national hearing relating to safety and security challenges facing farming communities on Monday 06th October 2014 at its Head Offices in Braamfontein Johannesburg.

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Vacancy

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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SUPPLIERS DATABASE REGISTRATION NOTICE

Kindly note that the registration of new suppliers onto the South African Human Rights Commission Database has been closed, new registration will be invited via advertisement in the media and will be open again during August 2015

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Call for services: installation and supply of surveillance cameras

SAHRC would like you to submit a quotation for installation and supply of surveillance cameras at the reception area for each provincial office  and multi discipline access card reader control.

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Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate, SAHRC Commissioner responsible for Children and Basic Education was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 16 - 18 September 2014  with other human rights campaigners from across the continent. She delivered a presentation on “How National Human Rights Institutions can protect Human Rights Defenders in Business and Human Rights.”

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MEDIA STATEMENTS

SAHRC strongly disassociates itself from false information following mediation with Mongezi Mahlangu and James French
SAHRC, Pastor Bougardt reach agreement in Equality court case
Craigpark residents Association and Alsilinx NPC resolve dispute over Scouthall at ERF 24, Craighall Park
Failure by Social Development Dept. to adequately fund the Johannesburg Association for the Blind contribute to human rights violations at the school, SAHRC finds
SAHRC welcomes SAJBD’s acceptance of apology following anti-semetic comments


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•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
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