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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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MEDIA INVITE:  SAHRC to investigate living conditions of widows in Marikana

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) invites members of the media to an Inspection that will be conducted together with the Sikhala Sonke “Women of Marikana” at Wonderkop Stadium, Marikana tomorrow.

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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.

Media Invite: SAHRC to host National Hearing on Transformation at Universities in South Africa

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

30 July 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is concerned about lack of transformation at Universities. The Commission will host a national hearing to look at a systemic issue behind transformation challenges.

The decision to embark on a national hearing follows circumstances around racial incidences at various universities which suggest a need to relook at transformation issues.

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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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Media Invite: SAHRC hosts a three day human rights awareness and legal clinic

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 July 2014

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be hosting a three day human rights awareness and legal consultation clinic in Gauteng Province. The event will be held this week at the Skills and Multipurpose Centre in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg.

The intervention is designed to promote human rights awareness, and to provide information about the role of the SA Human Rights Commission and other Chapter 9 institutions.

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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 investigates Lwandle evictions

MEDIA STATEMENT


08 June 2014

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been monitoring the evictions of approximately 200 families that took place in Lwandle, in the Western Cape.

The SAHRC is concerned about the manner in which the evictions were executed, with the delay in providing shelter and failure to timeously plan for the provision of alternative accommodation afforded to the victims who were left homeless in the rainy cold Cape Town weather.

SAHRC investigates Bloemhof water crisis and death

MEDIA STATEMENT

06 June 2014

ATTENTION: Editor and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is deeply concerned about the water contamination crisis and its resultant deaths in the Bloemhof region located in the North West Province. A water crisis has hit the communities of Bloemhof in the last week of May with allegations of a cholera outbreak and patients afflicted with diarrhoea.
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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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SAHRC OBJECTS THE FARLAM COMMISSION’S RUSH TO COMPLETE ORAL EVIDENCE

14 May 2014


Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is deeply concerned at the sudden rush to complete oral evidence in the Farlam Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam.

Captain Paul Bismarck Loest is a vital witness for this Commission, given that he was the Commander of the Tactical Response Team line which is alleged to have killed 17 people.
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SAHRC rejects complaint against Prosecutor Adv. Gerrie Nel

MEDIA STATEMENT

15th April 2014

Attention Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has rejected the complaint filed against the State Prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial currently underway in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The complaint, which was lodged on Friday last week, asked the SAHRC to investigate and rule on whether the State Prosecutor Adv, Gerrie Nel was permitted to refer to the accused Oscar Pistorius, as “a liar” while he was still on the witness stand.

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Minister of Human Settlements responds to the SAHRC report on Water and Sanitation

Positive results will soon be felt by those whose dignity has been assaulted by the bucket toilet system, says the writer. File picture: Courtney Africa

Positive results will soon be felt by the people whose dignity has been assaulted by the bucket toilet system, says Human Settlements Minister Connie September.

On receiving the South African Human Rights Commission report on the state of water and sanitation, I promised deputy chairperson Pregs Govender that I would study and respond. I did so in the conviction that on assuming office I swore to uphold the constitution of this beloved country of ours and the SAHRC is an institution borne out of this constitution.

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MEDIA STATEMENTS

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
SAHRC finds no fault in "women murder" complaint


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