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01 June 23

A Knoflokskraal settlement community leader has come under fire for allegedly using the k-word in a heated voice clip over a land dispute. The Khoisan community moved onto the land in Grabouw in 2020, which is reportedly owned by the Department of Public Works.
01 Jun 2023

SAHRC to investigate North West hospital's babies in boxes debacle Babies in cardboard boxes at the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital in the North West. TWITTER No nurses have been suspended over the incident By Sinesipho Schrieber The SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC has opened an investigation into the Mahikeng Provincial Hospital resources blunder which led to newborn babies being placed in cardboard boxes shortly after birth on May 20. Nurses used boxes instead of incubators or cribs to keep the newborns warm after birth.
28 May 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC has vowed to keep a close eye on the construction of a residential school for children with disabilities in Mpumalanga. This after revelations that the provincial government was spending Rhmillion to rent boarding facilities for the deaf and blind pupils. The commission has raised concerns about the lack of such schools in the province, which forced it to launch its own probe into the matter last year. According to the Democratic Alliance DA in Mpumalanga, the school should have been built more than a decade ago when former deputy president David Mabuza was still the province's premier.
26 May 2023

Hammanskraal cholera crisis: It can Danger: Johanna Maphingane won't drink the foulsmelling water that comes out of taps in Hammanskraal above left and Matlakalala Tshabalala's left above uncle was admitted to Jubilee hospital left . Photos: Delwyn Verasamy He said people were dying while politicians "make PR statements and promises on TV". Rooiwal's refurbishment requires R2.5 billion, which Tshwane's mayor, Cilliers Brink, said is the city's entire capital budget. On Wednesday, the city allocated R150 million a year for the next three years to upgrade Rooiwal. "That is the maximum allocation within existing resources that we can make. I've made it clear that even that allocation is not going to be enough to complete all of the work that needs to be done." The plant is organically and hydraulically overloaded. "Even as far back as 2004, there were warnings to the city that the plant was reaching its capacity. In 2008, another such warning was made and in 2011, environmental contravention notices were issued to the city.
24 May 2023

Apart from the recent spike in cholera deaths caused by dirty water, residents of Mokopane in Limpopo fear also contracting waterborne diseases such as malaria and typhoid. And they accused their municipality, Mogalakwena, of neglecting them. Some residents told The Citizen yesterday of the unbearable smell of sewage and uncollected garbage driving them out of their homes and businesses. Houses and streets have been surrounded by piles of rotting garbage and stagnant sewage spillage that had been left unattended for weeks, they claimed. "I depend on my business to put bread on the table for my family. But it has become impossible to make any profit because customers are complaining about the stench," said a street vendor from Mahwelereng outside Mokopane, asking for her name to be withheld. Others said they feared that if not attended in time, the problems may lead to a cholera outbreak, malaria and typhoid as their children play in the dirt.
23 May 2023

Cholera in Hammanskraal: Don’t drink water from taps – SAHRC Wisani Baloi | 23 May 2023 Commission concerned with outbreak of disease, says source must immediately be identified The South African Human Rights Commission on the cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal 23 May 2023 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC/Commission) has noted with grave concern the cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal, North of Pretoria. According to reports, 16 people have so far died as a result of contracting cholera in the area. The Commission also notes that since Monday 15th May 2023, 95 people are reported to have sought treatment for the diarrhoeal disease in Hammanskraal. In addition, reports state that positive lab results of the stool specimens of 19 people who presented at Jubilee District Hospital had symptoms of diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea. Following the news of the outbreak, the Commission immediately has engaged both the City of Tshwane (CoT) as well as the Provincial Department of Health to seek a full update on measures being put in place to immediately arrest the outbreak, save lives from this disease and to avoid a large-scale and devastating impact of this disease.
23 May 2023

One of the key recommendations calling for the national government to take over the running of the city of Tshwane’s water and sanitation due to poor management is yet to be implemented.

Two years ago, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released a damning report revealing that the pollution of water resources in Hammanskraal was as a result of failure by the city to maintain wastewater treatment works in the area. It found the city had failed to fulfil its constitutional objectives.
22 May 2023

The legal subcommittee of the South African Human Rights Commission has recommended that Belinda Magor, the white woman behind the racist WhatsApp voicenote calling for black people to be killed and their genitals removed, be taken to the Equality Court. Commissioner Andre Gaum told Sowetan a full body of commissioners of the SAHRC would meet on Thursday to decide on the recommendation after the settlement negotiations between the commission and Magor failed.
20 May 2023

The troubled Trompsburg-based Kopanong Local Municipality in the Free State remains the only municipality in the province under water restriction due to its huge debt running into millions of rands. The municipality has been restricted with a 30% water supply from Bloem Water for at least three years. The municipality owes the water board close to R600 million for services rendered. The debt to Bloem Water has gradually increased. In 2020 the municipality owed Bloem Water over R300 million.

19 May 2023

The North We Settlements and Traditional Affairs has acknowledged Rights Commission. The issues are related to blocked projects, not monitoring projects as constant as possible, delay in terminations of contractors who are underperforming and those that the department had cautioned on. The department sat before the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC to respond queries raised by communities, during the commission's inquiry held in Mahikeng recently.
18 May 2023

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) revealed its findings for 2021, with South Africa ranking as one of the lowest in terms of results and trailing well behind the global average.

“Not to mention that over four million learners had actually been impacted and currently there is no coherent plan to accelerate learning and address the backlogs experienced by covid generation or provide quality education to all learners. The minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga, went on to list the myriad of interventions aimed at improving reading in South Africa, including the devised national reading plan. However, this is just a long list of items that have led to uncoordinated and ad hoc responses from the provinces,” says the Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission, Andre Gaum who went on to say that if any plan was to succeed, it must be clear on the minimum inputs such as teacher training, learning and teacher support material.
17 May 2023

SAHRC observes International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia / MEDIA STATEMENT / The content on this page is not written by Polity.org.za, but is supplied by third parties. This content does not constitute news reporting by Polity.org.za. The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC/ Commission) joins the rest of the world to observe International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This day was created in 2004 to draw worldwide attention to the continued violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex people and all of those with diverse gender identities or expressions.
15 May 2023

Following reports that administrative delays in the Eastern Cape’s school nutrition programme caused hundreds of thousands of learners to be deprived of meals last month, the Eastern Cape Department of Education promised to deliver payment to schools by 9 May. Now, human rights groups are investigating to ensure that schools have received their funding, as well as to determine what led to the delay. The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) failed to provide more than a million Eastern Cape learners with a daily meal from 12 April due to an “administrative delay”.
15 May 2023

THE SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC has blamed a lack of funds to conduct research as the reason for not coming up with a stance on race classification. The chapter nine institution came under fire last week by People Against Race Classification Parc who criticised the SAHRC for missing Parliament's deadline to research and come up with a stance on race classification. SAHRC spokesperson Wisani Baloyi said while the commission indicated to the Select Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings that it was willing to assist, it did not undertake to conduct the research in question. "The reason being that research of this nature would entail additional resources to be deployed to the commission," Baloyi said.
13 May 2023

Parliament approves Sign Language as 12th official language The South African Human Rights Commission welcomes the passing by the National Assembly of the Bill amending section 6 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.The aim of this amendment is to recognise South African Sign Language SASL as one of the official languages of the Republic. The Commission views the adoption of the Bill as a step in the right direction to promote human rights and specifically the rights of persons who use sign language.
12 May 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission says capacity issues and budget constraints are among the reasons why it's taken the institution nearly two years to compile the final report on the July 2021 unrest.

Looters and vandals ransacked, damaged and destroyed businesses and other properties during the week-long riots fuelled by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.
12 May 2023

AFTER nearly two decades working at the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC , its former acting CEO, Chantal Kisoon has resigned. Kisoon had been placed on precautionary suspension in March, after allegations emerged that she had referred to senior managers as "black babies". The Chapter 9 institution said an investigation into the matter recommended that a charge of misconduct should be preferred against her. The SAHRC is the national institution established to support our constitutional democracy, by promoting the protection of human rights, and following the incident, Kisoon was criticised for not resigning, given the role of the SAHRC in fighting racism. On March 3, the SAHRC announced that commissioners had resolved to suspend Kisoon and that Lorinda Lynn, the acting CFO, would take over in an acting capacity, pending an investigation.
11 May 2023

The commission's Andre Gaum says the report was delayed due to report writers who left the SAHRC during the finalisation of the report.

Gaum was responding to questions in Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services Committee on Wednesday.
10 May 2023

Suspended Human Rights Commission acting CEO resigns after alleged racial slur Noxolo Majavu The commission has confirmed to City Press that Kisoon handed over her resignation letter early this month. Photo: SAHRC NEWS The suspended acting CEO of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Chantal Kisoon, has resigned amid allegations of racist utterances that were levelled against her by senior managers for calling them “black babies”. The commission has confirmed to City Press that Kisoon handed in her resignation letter early this month after an investigation was conducted following allegations that she uttered racist remarks to senior managers during a planning session in February.

10 May 2023

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has not received a budget increase for the current financial year and will struggle to fulfil its mandate.

On Wednesday, the commission presented its budget and annual performance plan to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services.

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