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Attention Editors and Reporters

22 July 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) has noted, with shock and sadness, reports on the on-going taxi violence that is taking place in the Western Cape, particularly in the Cape Town Metropolitan area. The Commission is concerned and appeals for tolerance in the midst of the escalating violence between the two Taxi Associations (CODETA and CATA) which also directly impacts on the safety, livelihood and lives of communities, commuters and the general public.  Such conduct is extremely concerning, particularly given that it is impacting communities that already face great hardship amidst the current restrictions related to the COVID 19 pandemic, and resultant economic downturn. The Commission therefore strongly urges all parties to continue with engagements aimed at finding common ground and a peaceful resolution to the dispute.
20 July 2021

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission), following the widespread violence and looting in parts of South Africa last week, will be hosting a dialogue on Friday, 23rd July 2021, to be followed by a series of stakeholder engagements.
Attention Editors and Reporters
20 July 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has noted, with shock and sadness, reports that the recent riots in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng has resulted in the looting and burning of over 30 schools. This includes schools in Amajuba, Ugu and Pinetown districts, together with education district offices in the two provinces. With schools set to reopen next week, on 26 July 2021, the Commission is concerned that the aftermath of the civil unrest, along with the effects of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, will lead to further learning losses and school drop outs.
Attention Editors and Reporters

16 July 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) on the eve of Mandela Day, calls on all people within South Africa to recommit themselves to the rule of law.
13 July 2021

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) is growing ever more concerned with the escalation of violent protests leading to major damage and loss of property. Protests against the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma continue to erupt across South Africa, with numerous reports of looting, damage to property and violence emerging through social and mainstream media throughout the weekend and continuing well into Tuesday, 13 July 2021.
10 July 2021
ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) calls for calm and condemns the violence and damage to public and private property   that have characterized some of the sporadic protests in various parts of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is understood that those behind the demonstrations are against the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma.
09 July 2021
ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“Commission”) is deeply shocked by reports that the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, which was closed after being gutted by fire in April, has now being looted of copper piping alleged to be worth R30 Million rands. These reports come at a time when the hospital and the Gauteng health care system are still contending with the negative impact that the fire damage has had on the provision of healthcare services to thousands of hospital users. The Commission has since confirmed these reports with the CEO of the hospital and awaits further updates.

Date: Wednesday, 07 July 2021  
 
For immediate release

Attention: Editors/ News desks

The Public Protector South Africa (PPSA) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will this week reveal the outcomes of a joint-investigation launched a little over two years ago on the back of a spate of violent service delivery protests in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg.   
5 July 2021

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (The Commission) has in recent times, noted with grave concerns growing incidents of bullying and violence in schools throughout the country. Bullying can have demoralising effects on learners who are victims as it can impact on their mental wellbeing, physical health, academic performance, self-esteem and relationships with other learners at school and other people in the community. Recently, the country witnessed an incident in Limpopo where a learner committed suicide following the release of a video of her being physically attacked by another learner. It is against this context that the Commission in the Northern Cape Province will be hosting a Dialogue on Bullying and Violence at Schools.
30 June 2021

ATT: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court handed down by Acting Chief Justice Sisi Khampepe on Tuesday morning, 29 June 2021.

Attention: Editors and Reporters
Date: 28 June 2021,

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (CHR), the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will be hosting a celebratory event to reflect on the contributions of South Africa and South Africans to the African Charter and its application and implementation.
Attention: Editors and Reporters
Friday, 25 June 2021

The South African National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) under the auspices of the South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) marks the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture. The significance of this day is traced back to 26 June 1987 when the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) came into force. The UNCAT is the main international mechanism that proclaimed the absolute prohibition of torture in a binding international law instrument. The absolute prohibition equally comes with obligations to provide redress and rehabilitation to victims. Similarly, this absolute prohibition has been entrenched in section 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Thursday, 24 June 2021

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) has noted with concern that misinformation regarding the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) Amendment Bill has been circulated widely on social media and now also in traditional media news articles. As a primary implementer of PEPUDA, the Commission welcomes the Amendment Bill, particularly in so far that it aims to bring the currently inoperative promotional aspects of PEPUDA (contained in Chapter 5 of the Act), into effect.
24 June 2021

ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters

On 24 June 2021, the South African Human Rights Commission’s (SAHRC) North West Provincial Office will conduct a National Schools Moot Court Competition (NSMCC) workshop with schools in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District.
23 June 2021

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Provincial Office will be hosting a virtual Stakeholder Engagement on Mob Justice. The Commission has noted the increasing number of reports detailing the prevalence of mob justice in Gauteng, specifically in the Zandspruit area. Mob justice violates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the South African Constitution, as well as the United Nations Standards of Human Rights.
21 June 2021
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will host its second National Conference on Racism on Tuesday, 22 June 2021. The conference will be convened under the theme “Towards Social Cohesion, Non-racialism, and the Eradication of Racial Polarisation and Tension”.  Key topical issues such as the state of inequality and the continued legacy of segregation will be discussed.
21 June 2021
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission or the SAHRC”) was recently invited to a community meeting to address random xenophobic attacks that were meted out to foreign shop owners in the Louisvale Road communiy situated in the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality, Upington.

18 June 2021
Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will hold a media briefing on Monday 21 June 2021. The purpose of the briefing will be to discuss the 2nd National Conference on Racism to be convened by the SAHRC on the 22nd of June 2021.
18 June 2021
Attention: Editors and Reporters

On Monday, 21 June 2021, the South African Human Rights Commission (“The Commission”) will conduct a site inspection of the Ekurhuleni School for the Deaf in Katlehong. The Commission has initiated an investigation following recent protests at the school over lack of nutritional meals for learners living with disability, lack of hot water and overcrowding at the school.
Attention: Editors and Reporters

Tuesday, 16 June 2021

The application brought by the South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission or the SAHRC”) in the Pietermaritzburg High Court against the Msunduzi Municipality (First Respondent) for the management, deterioration and poor state of the New England Road Landfill Site (“the Landfill Site”) was heard and finalised on 28 May 2021 before the Honourable Judge R Seegobin.
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