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Media Advisory: South African Human Rights Commissioners address human rights challenges in KwaZulu-Natal, honour Chief Albert Luthuli and other human rights defenders.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 March 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) led by Commissioners will visit KwaZulu-Natal from 25 – 27 March 2024 to address human rights challenges in the province.

The Commissioners will lead monitoring activities of various areas affected by human rights challenges, honour the selfless work carried-out by human rights defenders past and present, and hold an engagement with Isilo Misuzulu kaZwelithini, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB), along with other members of the ITB.

Monitoring activities will be held on 25 March 2024 to assist the provincial office with addressing key complaints and human rights challenges experienced by the province. Some of the prevalent human rights challenges in the province include lack of access to water; climate change & the resultant disasters which impact on human rights such as access to housing, access to food and education.

Meeting with Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) led by Isilo Misuzulu kaZwelithini will be held to among others engage the ITB on their mandate with regards to access to land, and the right to food.

As part of the Commission’s efforts to promote respect for human rights and promote a culture of human rights, the Commission will present citations of honour to community activists who have dedicated or continue to dedicate their lives and efforts in defending human rights. Importantly, the Commission will honour the late Chief Albert Luthuli for being a promoter and protector of human rights at a time when doing so meant incarceration and in certain instances, even the loss of life. In addition, other key grassroots human rights defenders and NGO’s will be honoured for their continuous role of defending human rights.

Commissioners led activities are in line with this year’s Human Rights Month theme: “Three Decades of Respect for and Promotion of Human Rights” by addressing human rights challenges and recognising the Human Rights Activists and Defenders who fought for human rights.

Key activities to be undertaken are as follows:

  • 25 March 2024, Monitoring activities to address human rights challenges.
  • 26 March 2024, Meeting with the Ingonyama Trust Board.
  • 27 March 2024, Presentations of Citations of Honour: Chief Albert Luthuli.        

NB: Venues, times and detailed activities and/ recipients will be shared closer to the events.


For further information or inquiries, please contact Wisani Baloyi on 081 016 8308 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission



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