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Commissioners provide guidance in developing the vision of the institution by setting its priorities and ensuring that its policies, programmes and allocated resources are consistent with their vision. This is done through exercising good corporate governance and providing leadership and guidance on the professional work of the Commission. Commissioners hold fortnightly performance reporting meetings with the CEO to oversee the quarterly plenary reporting processes.
The Commissioners are the public face of the Commission, representing the organisation not only at national, regional and international forums, but also interacting with local communities and stakeholders at the national level, as required, to mainstream human rights issues. In addition to the policy and legislative mandates of the Commission, Commissioners adopted a document called the Human Rights Matrix.
This document tracks the various human rights obligations of South Africa at the international, regional and domestic levels. It is a tool that assists in facilitating, through the guidance of human rights legal instruments, the principles and pronouncements, and the identification of the Commissioners’ strategic focus areas and priorities. It also assists in identifying the unique role of the Commission as a national human rights institution.
The strategic priority areas which are in line with the Human Rights Matrix were identified, discussed and integrated into the Strategic Plan. The Commissioners also assigned specific provinces and United Nations treaty bodies amongst themselves. These strategic priority areas, treaty bodies and provinces are set out in below.
||Strategic focus areas
||UN treaty bodies|
|Chairperson, Commissioner M L Mushwana||Asylum seekers, migration and counteracting xenophobia||Northern Cape and Mpumalanga||Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)|
|Deputy Chairperson, Commissioner P
|Basic services, access to information||Western Cape|| Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination against Women
|Commissioner L Mokate||Children, basic education||Free State|| Convention on the Rights of the Child
|Commissioner B Malatji||Disability, older persons||North West and Limpopo
||Convention on the Rights of Persons with
|Commissioner J Love (part time)||Environment, natural resources, rural
|Commissioner D Titus (part time)||Human rights and law enforcement,
prevention of torture
|Gauteng|| Convention against Torture and other
Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment (CAT)
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Report any fraudulent and/or unethical behavior taking place in the Commission anonymously to the SAHRC Tip-offs Line.
FreeCall:0800 701 701
FreePost:KZN, 582 Umhlanga Rocks, 4320
FreeFax:0800 204 965
To lodge a human rights violation complaint, click here.
Independently managed by Office of the Public Service Commission.
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