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Media Advisory: South African Human Rights Commissioners to address human rights challenges in KwaZulu-Natal.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

24 March 2024

The South African Human Rights Commissioners are in KwaZulu-Natal to address human rights challenges.

The Commissioners will on Monday 25 March 2024 lead monitoring activities 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.





Chairperson Chriss Nissen

National Preventive Mechanism

Town Hill Psychiatric Hospital, Hyslop Road, Pietermaritzburg - the scarcity of Forensic Psychiatrist which result in backlog of matters/court cases.


Plessislaer SAPS, Old Main Road, Edendale, Pietermaritzburg - to monitor the victims’ friendly room. The station has a high rate of gender-based violence and rape cases. 

Commissioner Philile Ntuli

Land, Environment, Food Security & Treaty Bodies

Meeting with Mr Sakhe Mchunu, Founder of the Farm Dweller Social Movement (FDSM) - Interim Chair of the Farm Dweller and Labour Tenant Alliance of South Africa (FLASA), New Hanover - living conditions of farm dwellers

Commissioner Tshepo Madlingozi

Anti-Racism, Justice & Education

Site visits to eKhenana and eNkanini Informal Settlements under Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement with the leadership of AbM, Cato Crest, Cato Manor - the assassinations of members of Abahlali baseMjondolo and service deliver challenges


Amaoti Community Advice Centre, Ilungelo Labadala Centre, 77 Lulu Dube Street, Amaoti - the centre provides access to justice to township communities, mainly on gender-based violence, access to water and housing.

Commissioner Sandra Makoasha

Gender, Business & Human Rights

Site visit to Zwelinzima High School, Address: uMzimkulu - Matric pupils at the school are allegedly forced to study while looking over their shoulders concerned about horse-riding thugs who are bent on abducting and forcing them to marry them under the pretext of the traditional ukuthwala practice.


Site visit to Durban Station Informal Traders (Women/Gender, Business and Human Rights), uMngeni Road, Durban - challenges faced by informal traders



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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