Home Contact Us Maps Links The Constitution Marikana
| More

SAHRC has launched an investigation into deaths in a fire of three deaf children


08th September 2015

The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation in to the living conditions of pupils at the Northwest School for the Deaf following the tragic death of three pupils there.

The Commission learnt with shock that the three pupils got killed in their sleep when the school hostel in Leeudoringstad, in Maquassi Hills Local Municipality, NW Province, was razed down by fire in the early hours of Monday two weeks ago.

In an investigation to be conducted, the Commission seeks to find out, among others, if the fire warning systems at the school were functional, and if any school official was on duty at the time of the fire. The Commission will also investigate whether there is any violation of human rights.

The Commission has also learnt that the SA Police Service is conducting its own criminal investigation into the cause of the deaths, and the Commission welcomes this investigation.

The Commission calls on the North West Department of Education and other government departments involved to ensure urgent placement of the learners from the Northwest School for the Deaf in alternative accommodation and school. The department is further requested to provide necessary support to the learners, teachers and parents.

As the Commission we have received similar concerns from learners and parents of learners at some of the  schools across the country, notably in Limpopo Province where at one school children went on a strike last year demanding among others, safe living conditions in their hostels. The Commission is also investigating allegations of staff shortages in Meerhof Special School, situated in Brits which falls under the Madibeng Local Municipality, NW Province. The Commission has the mandate to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
The Commission believes that there is more that needs to be done in guaranteeing that children with disabilities are provided, not only with quality education that is their basic right, but also safety while in schools.
The Commission would like to express its sincere condolences to the school, the learners and the families of the deceased, and hope that government will do more to ensure that tragedy of this kind is not repeated.

Issued by the SA Human Rights Commission
Isaac Mangena
071 884 8273

For comments email info@sahrc.org.za [Back]

- See more at: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/constitution/index.html#sthash.vQme5ODl.dpuf

The South African Constitution

The Commission is available on social media

SAHRC TWITTER.jpg One.jpg @SAHRCommission

Facebook-Icon.jpg SA Human Rights Commission

YOU1.png SAHRC 1

To lodge a human rights violation complaint, click here.

or Call 011 877 3600
e-mail: complaints@sahrc.org.za

Provincial contact details are available here


PAIA section 14 Manual.jpg


SAHRC launches investigation into allegations of racism at University of the Free State
SAHRC finalizing report on complaints against King Goodwill Zwelithini
SAHRC response to ANC petition on racism
International Disability Day – SAHRC calls for employers to do more
SAHRC welcomes Supreme Court judgment on the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo


Pfanelo January Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 20 year Anniversary Celebration


Report any fraudulent and/or unethical behavior taking place in the Commission anonymously to the SAHRC Tip-offs Line.

FreeCall: 0800 222 365
Email: sahrc@tip-offs.com
FreeFax: 0800 00 77 88
FreePost: KZN 138, Umhlanga Rocks 4320
Website: www.tip-offs.com

Independently managed by the Office of the Public Service Commission.


SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

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.


08 March – International Women’s Day
21 March - Human Rights Day
27 April – Freedom day
1 May - Workers day
03 May – World Press Freedom Day

[See more]