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ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

07 January 2020

The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) welcomes the settlement reached in the Martha Marais matter.

On 29 May 2019, Mrs Marais (76 years old) attended the Mamelodi Hospital to seek medical advice. Mrs Marais was found by her daughter lying on the floor with her hands bound to a bench in the hospital waiting area. She asked nurses and security staff why Mrs Marais was bound to the bench but they refused to answer her. She begged the Hospital staff to untie her mother and it was only after sometime of doing so that the security guards capitulated and released Mrs Marais. Mrs Marais was severely traumatised as a result of the abovementioned incident and her family reported that she barely communicated with them other than to repeatedly recount her traumatic experience.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
11 December 2019

Whilst the United Nations General Assembly, on 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights, the South African Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga (“Commission”) continues to receive a number of complaints relating to unsafe pit latrines especially in schools, sewage spillages and waste water treatment challenges in Mpumalanga which impact negatively on communities, affect many aspects of their daily living and ultimately pose a serious risk to their health. The above UN resolution recognises the pivotal role played by the civil society and non-government organisations in raising awareness on the right to water and sanitation.
10 December 2019

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The 10th of December annually marks the commemoration of International Human Rights Day (IHRD). The day is globally observed in remembrance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948. This proclamation was the first global expression of human rights and is globally recognised as one of the first major achievements of the UN.  
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Monday, 09 December 2019

The 10th of December marks the commemoration of International Human Rights Day (IHRD). The day is globally observed annually in remembrance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations General Assembly on the 10th of December 1948. This proclamation was the first global expression of human rights and is globally recognised as one of the first major achievements of the UN.   
Attention: Editors and Reporters
9 December 2019

Over the years, the South African Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga (“Commission”) has received a number of complaints relating to sewage spillages and waste water treatment challenges in Mpumalanga. More recently, the Commission received such complaints against Nkomazi, Lekwa and Govan Mbeki Local Municipalities.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Today, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).  IDPD has been annually observed on 3 December around the world since 1992. The day is targeted towards building an understanding of challenges faced by persons with disabilities as well as the rights of persons with disabilities.

3 December 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioner responsible for the rights of Children and Migrants in the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Commissioner Angie Makwetla, will be conducting a Provincial Visit in the KwaZulu-Natal Province from 2 December 2019 to 6 December 2019.
2 December 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The Commissioner responsible for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Older Persons at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Adv. Bokankatla Malatji will be conducting a Provincial Visit in the North West from 2-5 December 2019.
02 December 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has called the Gauteng MEC’s and the City of Tshwane to account for the service delivery complaints and gross underdevelopment in Ekangala and Kungwini region.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
27 November 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”), Mpumalanga provincial office (MPO) will be observing the disability month through an information session on the rights of people with disabilities. The observance aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
26 November 2019

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) will host a seminar, hosted by its Research Unit, on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), on Wednesday, the 27th November 2019, at the Commission’s Head Office at 33 Hoofd Street, Forum 3, Braampark, Braamfontein, 2001.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
25 November 2019

The SAHRC Free State Provincial Office will host a series of capacity building workshops in collaboration with Batho Legal Advocacy Centre at the following towns.  
18 November 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and Office of the Public Protector will receive oral statements from individuals who previously held positions of oversight in relation to the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).
15 November 2019

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) condemns the violent attack and assault of Commissioner Chris Nissen, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, other religious leaders and other individuals at the Central Methodist Church in Cape Town.
15 November 2019

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and the Office of the Public Protector will convene a closed-door session of the Alexandra inquiry.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
14 November 2019

On 14 November 2019, the South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) convened subpoena proceedings in terms of section 15(1)(c) and (d) of the South African Human Rights Commission Act 40 of 2013 (“SAHRC Act”), following the failure of Mr Rain Moreko, a retired police officer (“Mr Moreko”) and the Mnisi Traditional Council to respond to a complaint levelled against them by the late Mr James Dibuseng Mogakane (“Mr Mogakane”) on 15 October 2018.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

11 November 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in collaboration with the Commission for Gender Equality will conduct Public Outreach and Legal Clinics in Ceres, Witzenburg Municipality. 

11 November 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

Commissioner Mohamed Shafie Ameermia responsible for the focal area on the right to housing, water, sanitation and business and human rights at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission), is conducting a two day provincial visit from 11 – 12 November, 2019 in the KwaZulu- Natal Province.
08 November 2019
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

The SAHRC National Commissioner Mme Angie Mahlodi Makwetla (responsible for protection and promotion of the rights of children and migrants) is concluding her week-long visit in the Limpopo Province, on the 8th of November 2019, with a stakeholder engagement on the changing landscape of children’s rights, at Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane.
7 November 2019

Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) welcomes the observance of Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM). From the 3rd of November to the 3rd December. South Africa at large observes DRAM which concludes with the Commemoration of International Disability Day on the 3rd December.  The Theme for this year’s DRAM is “Together building South Africa inclusive of Disability Rights”.
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