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Attention Editors and Reporters
21st September 2018

The Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) have taken a resolution, in their monthly meeting on Thursday, the 20th September 2018, to condemn in the strongest terms the racist utterances of Mr. Kessie Nair, who directed the K-word at President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

20 September 2018

The SAHRC, DOJ&CD, and ProBono.Org will be hosting an outreach clinic in KwaDukuza. This initiative is designed to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities; to create a platform for the community to engage directly with stakeholders and to provide a free legal advisory desk. The intervention is also aimed at commemorating National Wills Week.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

20 September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) Gauteng Provincial Office in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg Community Engagement, Government and Stakeholder Relations and UJFM will host a dialogue on the theme “Cyberbullying and rape culture at tertiary institutions”
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

18 September

On 19 September 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will conduct a site inspection at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital in Vosloorus, following reports of six new-borns dying due to a Klebsiella pneumonia outbreak at the hospital. Further allegations indicate that overcrowding at the hospital’s neonatal unit played a key role in the outbreak and spreading of the bacteria.
Attention Editors and Reporters
17th September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) condemns, in the strongest terms, the actions by Black First Land First (BLF) members, who today, on the 17th September 2018, caused a violent disturbance at the SAHRC’s Gauteng Office at Braampark, Braamfontein in Johannesburg. A pair of spectacles were also violently taken from the CEO’s face and was only returned after some time. The Commission had to call the South African Police Service (SAPS) to intervene. However, the BLF members had left the premises before the SAPS’s arrival.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

17 September 2018

On 03 September 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) conducted a site inspection of the Vaal River following allegations of approximately 150 megalitres of raw sewage spilling into the river daily. The site inspection has revealed a prima facie violation of the rights of access to clean water, clean environment and human dignity.  In light of this, the Commission will hold an inquiry at Stonehaven on the Vaal on 25, 26 & 27 September 2018 as part of its investigation into these allegations.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 September 2018

The Eastern Cape Provincial Office will be embarking on Public Outreach Engagements in different municipalities. The Public Outreach Engagements are intended at advancing the mandate of promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups in society.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 September 2018

 

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will host a public outreach clinic in Mooi River (Mpofana Local Municipality) from the 18 – 19 September 2018. 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

17 September 2018

On 18 – 20 September 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) will be hosting capacity building workshops to amplify basic human rights awareness with specific focus to the right to healthcare services enshrined in section 27 of the Constitution. The workshops are centered under the theme “Understanding Your Healthcare Rights and Responsibilities”.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

12th September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or ‘Commission’) is deeply concerned by the National Crime Statistics presented by the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and senior South African Police Service (SAPS) officials to Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on the 11th September 2018.
Attention Editors and Reporters
12th September 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) has finalised its investigative report containing its findings and recommendations in the matter of SC Weiss and South African Jewish Board of Deputies (the SAJBD) as the First and Second Complainants, respectively, and Mr. Tony Ehrenreich as the Respondent.
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

11 September 2018

On 29 August 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (‘The Commission’) was made aware of looting and violent attacks on foreign-owned shops in Soweto and other areas around Gauteng. It soon emerged that these incidents were sparked by allegations that foreign-owned shops were selling fake and/or expired goods to the public. Thus, the Commission will investigate the possible human rights violations that arose as a result of the alleged manufacture and sale of fake and/or expired goods.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

10 September 2018

On 11 – 13 September 2018, the Mpumalanga provincial Office will host public outreach education (Clinics) in three areas of the province.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Attention: Editors

The South African Human Rights Commission wishes to clarify its position on land expropriation following misleading press reports published in various media today to the effect: “SAHRC opposed to land expropriation without compensation”.

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

31 August 2018

On 03 September 2018 the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will conduct an inspection at the Vaal Dam following allegations of raw sewage spilling into the Vaal River.  There are allegations of approximately 150 mega litres of raw sewage flowing into the Rietspruit and Vaal rivers per day. In addition to this, media reports have alleged the presence of an aborted foetus and dead fish in the river which led to residents being advised not to drink or use the water.

Attention Editors and Reporters

30 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) condemns the violence in Soweto, White City, which led to the loss of life. The Commission is particularly concerned by the fact that the violence, which led to the death, arises from looting and violence directed at businesses owned by non-nationals.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 30 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission wishes to correct certain misconceptions created by Solidarity in a statement released on 30 August 2018 on affirmative action, in which it states: “HRC (sic) says SA affirmative action laws must change after Solidarity’s complaint to UN.”  
Attention: Editors and Reporters
30 August 2018

As the women’s month draws to the end, the South African Human Rights Commission in collaboration with Public Protector South Africa will be conducting Public Outreach Engagements in Mmaletswai village on the 30th August 2018 and Ga Mushi village on the 31st of August 2018 in the Lephalale Local Municipality.

27 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”), Mpumalanga Provincial Office will be conducting information sessions on the rights of women under the theme: “Fighting Gender-based Violence against Women.” Women and girls continue to experience violence in their daily lives. They are beaten, coerced into sex or abused usually by someone they know or by a stranger.  Almost every day, women and children are raped and killed in the province.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
21 August 2018

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will launch its Investigative Hearings Report on the Underlying Socio-economic Challenges of Mining-affected Communities in South Africa following National Hearings that took place on 13-14 September, 26 and 28 September and 3 November 2016.
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