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Media Advisory: South African Human Rights Commission to honour Chief Albert Luthuli and other human rights defenders.

Attention: Editors and Reporters

26 March 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or the Commission) will on Wednesday 27 March 2024 honour Chief Albert Luthuli and other human rights activists and defenders for their relentless work in the protection 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 NGOs will be honoured for their respective roles in defending human rights.

Honouring human rights defenders is 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.

The Citation of Honour will be held as follows:

Venue: Luthuli Museum - 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville.

Date: 27 March 2024


Part A: Wreath Laying Ceremony, 07:30 – 09:30

Part B: Presentation of Citations of Honour – Chief Albert Luthuli and other Human Rights Defenders, 09:30 – 13:35      

Members of the media are invited to attend both events.

Distinguished guests such as Minister Zizi Kodwa: Sports, Arts and Culture; Chairperson of the SAHRC: Mr Chris Nissen; SAHRC Commissioners; Mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality: Cllr Lindile Nhaca; Chairperson of the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum: Dr. Mxolisi Mchunu will play different key roles in the event. 

A full list of recipients will be shared closer to the commencement of the event.


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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