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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.
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.
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.
The South African Human Rights Commission is searching for talented individuals who are committed to shaping the future of South Africa.
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.
11th August 2014
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.
11 July 2014
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
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.
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.
The Commission is available on social media
Delivery of Learning Materials in Schools
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
Pfanelo August Edition
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Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
• Raising awareness;
• Monitoring and assessment;
• Education and training
• Addressing human rights violations
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.
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