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Media Advisory: SAHRC to hold Provincial Hearing in respect of violence allegedly committed by private security, police and law enforcement during evictions in the Western Cape

Attention: Editors and Reporters
17 October 202

The South African Human Rights Commission (“the Commission”) has noted a systemic issue in the manner in which the South African Police Services (SAPS), City of Cape Town Law Enforcement and Private Security Companies conduct themselves during evictions of unlawful occupiers and interactions with homeless persons in the Western Cape.

As a result, the Commission has initiated a Provincial Hearing in Respect of Human Rights Violations Committed by Private Security, Police and Law Enforcement Against Land-insecure Individuals and Communities in the Western Cape (“the Hearing”).

The first sitting of the hearing has already taken place in April 2022. This is the second sitting of the hearing. Each day of the hearing will commence at 8:30 and proceed until 17:00 and will be held at the Commission’s Offices at 132 Adderley Street, Cape Town from 8:30 to 17:00 on 17, 18 and 19 October 2022.

The Commission invites members of the media to attend the hearing.

Please note that space is limited at the hearing venue and members of the media should contact the Commission prior to the hearing to arrange seating.

For further information or enquiries, please contact: SAHRC Acting Western Cape Provincial Manager, Matthew du Plessis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on 061 585 1618.

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