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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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Right to Food is also a Human Right

Opinion piece by SAHRC Chairperson, Adv Mushwana

It is not a co-incidence that the South African Human Rights Commission decided to launch the Right to Food which on a day prior to the Human Rights Day in South Africa.

There must be a particular reason for the Constitutional imperative which states that ‘everyone has the right to adequate food and water’

This Right to Food forms part of the socio economic rights as set out in our Constitution and it is indeed our 2012/13 Theme.
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Debate on lifeblood of the nation

Opinion Piece by Pregs Govender, SAHRC Deputy Chairperson

Dignity is the inherent worth and value of every human being. Humanity’s birthright was silenced by apartheid’s capitalist and patriarchal paradigm, which devalued, fragmented and destroyed human beings.

The earth, air and water that sustain life became commodities to exploit for profit.

South Africa’s democratic Constitution reinstated dignity as its first founding value and as a substantive right.

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SAHRC concerned about alleged torture at St Albans Correctional Centre

Attention: Editor and Reporters


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) notes with concern the incident that occurred at St Albans correctional center in Port Elizabeth between the night of the 2 March 2014 and the morning of 3 March 2014.

Allegedly about 200 inmates were subjected to a search conducted by the Emergency Security Team (EST) of the Department of Corrections (DCS) in the search for contraband.

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SAHRC's response to Department of Water Affairs regarding report on Water and Sanitation

23th March 2014

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) would like to respond to the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) following the release of its report on the right to access water and sanitation, last week.

The report, entitled “Water and Sanitation, Life and Dignity: Accountability to the People who are Poor” was presented to government officials, including the Deputy-Minister of the Department of Water Affairs, Ms. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, and the Minister of the Department of Human Settlements, Ms. Connie September, at a public launch in Cape Town on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

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Water and Sanitation Report Launch
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MEDIA STATEMENTS

SAHRC rejects complaint against Prosecutor Adv. Gerrie Nel
SAHRC hosts a roundtable discussion on Equality, Racism
SAHRC concerned about alleged torture at St Albans Correctional Centre
SAHRC's response to Department of Water Affairs regarding report on Water and Sanitation
SAHRC to launch Right To Food Campaign


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