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Attention: Editors and Reporters

25 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is committed to upholding and advancing the right to food security, as enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. This provision states that every citizen is entitled to sufficient food and water. Furthermore, the Constitution imposes a constitutional duty on the state to enact legislative and other measures to progressively realise the right to sufficient food by taking reasonable steps to ensure its full enjoyment. While this right is progressively realised for all citizens, it is an absolute right for children to have access to basic nutrition, as outlined in Section 28(1)(c) of the Constitution.
Date: 24 June 2024

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Limpopo Provincial Office (LPO) is conducting an inquiry into the impact of mining activities on human rights in specific communities in Limpopo.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) invites members of the media to the second annual conference of the African National Preventive Mechanisms Network (African NPM Network).

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/ the Commission) will be hosting a workshop on gender and justice to empower representatives of the LGBTI+ community.

24 June 2024

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) KwaZulu Natal Provincial Office will be conducting monitoring of healthcare facilities, traditional courts, police stations, correctional centres in the King Cetshwayo District Municipality. Section 184 (1) (c) of the Constitution empowers the SAHRC to monitor and assess the observance of human rights throughout the country. This includes inspecting areas of potential violation and seeking redress where necessary.

Date: 21 June 2024

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Limpopo Provincial Office (LPO) conducts a Community Outreach in the Tolwe Farming Community in Limpopo.

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21 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“the Commission”) Eastern Cape Provincial Office (ECPO) is holding a community public outreach engagement to educate and empower the public about their rights and the rights of others. This involve explaining how human rights principles apply in everyday life.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC/ Commission) will today institute proceedings at the Equality Court in Gqeberha against Mr Renaldo Gouws, a Member of Parliament, for the alleged racial utterances relating to online media posts.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

16 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) joins the rest of the country to commemorate National Youth Day 2024 and calls for more efforts to address challenges the youth face.

This day is observed annually on June 16 to commemorate the bravery and resilience of the youth in pursuit of justice and equality. It holds deep significance in South Africa's history as it marks the Soweto Uprising of 1976, where many young people lost their lives protesting against the compulsory teaching of Afrikaans in black township schools by the Apartheid regime.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 June 2024

The Child Rights Unit (CRU) of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be honoring National Youth Day on June 17, 2024, in Olivenhoutbosch.

This day is observed annually on June 16 to commemorate the bravery and resilience of the youth in pursuit of justice and equality. It holds deep significance in South Africa's history as it marks the Soweto Uprising of 1976, where many young people lost their lives protesting against the compulsory teaching of Afrikaans in black township schools by the Apartheid regime.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 JUNE 2024

The Gauteng Provincial Office (GPO) of the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) and the Black Lawyers Associations Wits Student Chapter will be hosting a Lawyers Under 35 Dialogue to commemorate Youth Day.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

14 June 2024

Commissioner Aseza Gungubele together with the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) Eastern Cape Provincial Office are conducting monitoring visits to Kouga and Koukamma Local Municipalities in the Eastern Cape Province. The engagements are informed by the Commission’s mandate to monitor the observance of human rights.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will conduct a community outreach engagement through information sessions in Mahushu Village, Hazyview. The engagement is meant to promote human rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.  

Attention: Editors and Reporters

12 June 2024

The Western Cape Provincial Office (WCPO) of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host the Provincial Heads of Chapter 9 bodies in the Western Cape. The Chapter 9 Forum meeting follows stakeholder engagements of provincial heads of the SAHRC, Electoral Commission, Commission for Gender Equality and Public Protector to discuss the need for collaborations in order to avoid duplicating resources.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Access to water is a fundamental human right which is enshrined in section 27(1)(b) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. In the provision of water, particularly to domestic households, municipalities, designated as Water Services Authorities (WSAs) in terms of the Water Services Act (1997) play a crucial role. Regrettably, some WSAs in the country are severely challenged and struggle to fulfil this important constitutional and statutory obligation of providing water to all households within their jurisdictions.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

10 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC/ Commission) calls for political parties to prioritise service delivery and human rights promises they made to voters when negotiating the models of coalitions. For the first time in the national democratic elections, no political party has achieved an outright majority. This means the national government will be formed through a coalition agreement.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 06 June 2024

After releasing its KwaZulu Natal Water Inquiry Report in September 2023, the South African Rights Commission (Commission) is visiting District Municipalities to monitor progress on the implementation of its recommendations, and to assess the state of human rights in the respective region.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 June 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be conducting a capacity-building workshop on possible measures for the eradication of Gender-Based Violence as well as the Child Care and Protection Policy Framework, with a focus on the importance of the Child Protection Register. This workshop is part of the observance of child protection week (29 May to 05 June 2024). It comes in response to increasing reports of children being sexually abused by their close and trusted caregivers, including male relatives, educators , fathers and strangers.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 June 2024

The North West Provincial Office of the Commission will be conducting a stakeholder engagement with the Rustenburg Local Municipality Mayor to discuss issues of mutual cooperation and raise human rights issues of concern for the consideration of the Municipality as part of its Integrated Development Planning process.

Date: 05 June 2024

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Access to clean water is crucial for everyone's health, dignity, and prosperity. The Constitution recognises the fundamental importance of water by enshrining the right to access sufficient water.
Municipalities, appointed as water services authorities, have a vital role in providing access to clean water for everyone, especially vulnerable communities.
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