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Transforming Society

Securing Rights

Restoring Dignity


The SAHRC is mandated to investigate any complaint, alleging violation of human rights and to assist any person adversely affected thereby to secure redress. The SAHRC may also of its own accord, on investigate an alleged violation of or a threat to a human right.
Lodging a complaint
Place of lodging a complaint:
  • At the Provincial Office of the area where the alleged violation of a human right took place.
Who can lodge a complaint?
  • any person acting in his or her own interest;
  • any person acting on behalf of another person who cannot act in his or her own name;
  • any person acting as a member of or in the interests of a group or class of persons;
  • any person acting in the public interest; or
  • any association or organisation acting in the interest of its members.
Resolving a complaint:
  • A complaint may be resolved in any of the following ways:
  • conciliation and negotiation proceedings
  • mediation proceedings
  • hearing
  • appeal – substantive or procedural
  • judicial review
  • institution of legal proceedings
Complete or Download the Complaints Forms here:

The South African Human Rights Commission.

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About us

The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

Braampark Forum 3, 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein

011 877 3600 (Switchboard)

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 implementation of PAIA.