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Attention: Editors and Reporters

Saturday, 24 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC/Commission) joins the rest of the country in celebrating Heritage Day 2022.  Heritage Day in South Africa is celebrated yearly on the 24th of September to appreciate the nation’s unique wealth of cultural diversity.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 22 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) invites members of the media to the launch of the Social Harmony National Effort (SHiNE). 

The SAHRC is a national human rights institution mandated by the Constitution to promote respect for and a culture of human rights; promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights; and monitor and assess the observance of human rights in South Africa.


Attention: Editors and Reporters

21 September 2022

In the matter of Solidarity & Another v Black First Land First & 2 Others EQ2/19 Equality Court Gauteng Local Division, a complaint of hate speech in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 (‘the Equality Act’), was instituted against the Black First Land First (First Respondent) and two members of Black First Land First (the Second and Third Respondents) for comments they made following the death of three white learners arising from the collapse of a bridge at Driehoek Hoerskool in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
20 September 2022

The Mpumalanga Provincial Office (MPO) will be hosting a dialogue on the impact of the lack of high school for learners with disabilities in the province.  Learners with disabilities and their parents in the province continue to face challenges because of the lack of and delay in building of a high school for learners with disabilities.
The Constitution guarantees the right to equality and prohibits unfair discrimination by the State and private individuals.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

19 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission’s (“the Commission”) Eastern Cape Provincial Office (ECPO) will be conducting various monitoring activities in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality and Chris Hani District Municipality Districts. Section 184 (1) (c) of the Constitution states that, the Commission must monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic.  The role of monitoring and assessing potential and actual human right violations provides the Commission with an opportunity to ensure redress and to ensure that human rights are upheld in the Republic.

15 September 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

A mine dam collapse on Sunday 11 September 2022 caused flooding in the Charlesville and Itumeleng residential areas of Jagersfontein. The collapse caused large volumes of slime to engulf and destroy homes and properties of over 300 residents. At least one person reportedly died in the disaster.

Date: 15 September 2022 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is a Constitutional body, established to support constitutional democracy in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Constitution). Section 184(1) (b) of the Constitution obliges the SAHRC to promote the protection of human rights and monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic of South Africa.

Date: 13 September 2022 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) is a Constitutional body, established to support constitutional democracy in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Constitution). Section 184(1) (b) of the Constitution obliges the Commission to promote the protection of human rights and monitor and assess the observance of human rights in the Republic of South Africa.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

13 September 2022

On 13 – 16 September 2022, the North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will conduct capacity building workshops aimed at capacitating faith based organisations and conduct stakeholder engagements with older persons, government employees, non-governmental organisations and community development workers.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

10 September 2022

The North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission will conduct the oral round of the Schools’ Moot Court Competition on 10 September 2022.
The objectives of the Schools’ Moot Court Competition are to nurture young minds and groom a new breed of young leaders to take on human rights issues and challenges in the country, using the law as one of their main instruments.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

09 September 2022

As part of the 2022 Moot Court Competition, and following the success of Mpumalanga learners who participated in the Essay Writing Phase of the Competition, the Mpumalanga Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission in collaboration with the departments of basic education, and justice in Mpumalanga will be hosting the learners as they now take part in the Provincial Oral Rounds of the Competition.

09 September 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The National Schools Moot Court Competition was established in 2011 as a joint project of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Foundation for Human Rights. In 2019 the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) took over the competition as its flagship human rights advocacy project and successfully implemented same.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

08 September 2022

Background

Since the first democratic elections in South Africa held in 1994, the door towards accessing public schools has been unlocked for all learners in accordance with non-discriminatory principles. The provision of education progressed from serving the interests of a white minority to serving the interests of all South Africans. The rights of learners to equal, non-discriminatory schooling were enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the South African Schools Act.  
08 September 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission), Eastern Cape Provincial Office (ECPO) will host a stakeholder engagement with the MSF Southern Africa to elaborate on the mandate and powers of the Commission in relation to promoting, monitoring and providing redress when human rights violations occur.

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7 September 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission working in partnership with the Eastern Cape Education Department, Walter Sisulu University and Fort Hare University, will host the provincial rounds of the national schools moot court competition (NSMCC) this weekend.  The provincial oral rounds consist of ten (10) participating schools with the aim of selecting a provincial team of four (4) successful schools to represent the Eastern Cape at the national rounds to be held in Gauteng at the Constitutional Court later this year.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
06 September 2022

On 6 – 9 September 2022, the North West Provincial Office of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will conduct capacity building workshops aimed at capacitating faith based organisations and traditional leaders in Vryburg and Setlagole village.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

06 September 2022

On 13 September 2021, the South African Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga (“the Commission) received a complaint against Lekwa Local Municipality (“the Municipality”) and the Department of Human Settlements (“DHS”).  The complainant was a community member on behalf of an elderly pensioner and beneficiary of an RDP house, Mrs Gumede*.

05 September 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters                    

The South African Human Rights Commission, Eastern Cape Provincial Office (ECPO) is concerned about the reported strike action that has been allegedly undertaken by Amathole District Municipality (ADM) officials pertaining to wage disputes. Media reports have indicated that the said strike action has, amongst other things, resulted in the sabotaging of water infrastructure, which consequently has negatively affected communities and services at large. The Constitution provides that Local Government structures have the objective to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner and to promote a safe and healthy environment.

05 September 2022

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) Gauteng Provincial Office is initiating the second leg of the investigation inquiry into continuing complaints or allegations of racial discrimination or discrimination in general in advertising within South Africa. 

Attention: Editors and Reporters

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC) and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) National Conference on Local Governance will conclude on 01 September as follows:

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