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06 Mar 2024

With March themed as Human Rights Month, the Human Rights Commission of South Africa SAHRC will observe the 2024 Human Rights Day at the Steenbok Community Hall on Friday March 8. Human Rights Month reminds South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in the country. On March 21, 1960, apartheid police officers in a black township. Sharpeville, opened fire on a group of people peacefully protesting against oppressive laws.
26 Feb 2024

SAHRC probes alleged extortion ring at Pretoria East flats Residents at the Nellmapius Heatherly flats have detailed harrowing accounts of being terrorised by alleged gang members in their own homes. Nellmapius Heatherly flats residents are being targeted by gang members.
26 Feb 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission in Mpumalanga will on Monday launch its 2021/2022 service delivery report in Mbombela. The commission launched an inquiry after it received a number of service delivery complains under all the local municipalities in Mpumalanga.
26 Feb 2024

"I asked them to call my parents but again they ignored me. They put us in the cells where we found other detainees." The girl said she used one of her fellow detainees' cellphone to call her parents, whose phones went to voicemail. She eventually reached her sister, who alerted their father. "I was scared, tired, worried and anxious. I just wanted to go home. Every time I see a police van I wonder whether they will arrest me again." The teenager's father said on arrival at the police station no one could tell him why his daughter was locked up.
26 Feb 2024

Khazimla Adam aspires to be an ambassador for the UN International Children's Emergency Fund. She was recently elected as Nelson Mandela Bay junior city mayor Simtembile Mgidi Slowing down is simply not an option for Woodridge College head girl Khazimla Adam, with her CV recently receiving another impressive addition. From being elected as the Nelson Mandela Bay junior city mayor to becoming the national youth parliament speaker, Adam is now the newly elected SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC children's rights ambassador for the Eastern Cape.
24 Feb 2024

THE decision to discontinue Cape Town City's DialaRide service to Atlantis from March 18, will affect commuters with disability who rely heavily on the service. Among those who are unhappy are two regular customers with disability, and a couple who complained of discrimination because their threeyearold daughter could not accompany them as she was a minor in terms of the service's rigid registration policy. The City's Mayco member for urban mobility, Rob Quintas, said budget cuts and an oversubscribed service had led to a review of the service which had high cancellations, and passengers who lived close to MyCiTi bus stops. He said the annual budget was R28.1 million with an additional R5m for the 2023 24 financial year.
21 Feb 2024

Rights group investigates after girl 'detained for not carrying ID' The South African Human Rights Commission's SAHRC office in Gauteng has launched an investigation into a complaint about the reported arrest and detention of a minor by police for not carrying an identity document.
20 Feb 2024

THE SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC in KwaZuluNatal has called a meeting with water experts to help address ongoing water supply issues in Durban in violation of residents' right to water. Provincial SAHRC manager Pavershree Padayachee said the commission has since January undertaken various initiatives, such as convening meetings with affected communities; participating in war room meetings; and liaising with various government actors across the three spheres of government.
19 Feb 2024

Former prisoner sues ministry of justice for R4m as correctional services confirms probe into two assault claims at East London jail ZIYANDA ZWENI and SITHANDIWE VELAPHI The correctional services department has confirmed two assault cases are under investigation as allegations of abuse emerged from the women's prison in East London at the weekend, with one woman filing a multimillionrand civil claim. Serving and former female inmates at the Correctional Centre in West Bank have made damning allegations against some prisonwarders, accusing them of physical abuse and other criminal acts. A former warder at the facility has given credence to some allegations including that inmates were beaten with batons and fists saying this was a commonplace occurrence.
16 Feb 2024

ETHEKWINI residents affected by ongoing water outages, especially in Verulam, oThongathi, Phoenix and other surrounding areas, have called for the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC to launch an investigation into the violation of their constitutional rights.
13 Feb 2024

The SA Human Rights Commission's Eastern Cape office has been inundated with complaints about a lack of basic rights, such as access to clean water, road infrastructure, health, food, dignity and education. The Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay metros lead the charge in bringing submissions to the commission. Complaints include violations of sections 27, 10 and 29 of the Bill of Rights. Section 27 deals with the right of access to healthcare services, including reproductive healthcare, sufficient food and water and social security.
06 Feb 2024

The Eastern Cape Human Rights Commission has been forced to subpoena officials from the OR Tambo district municipality and Transnet to an inquiry into the state of the province's roads, after Transnet and municipal officials were noshows at a hearing in November. The representatives were forced to appear before the commission in East London on Monday. The inquiry was prompted by a surge in complaints about Eastern Cape roads, which complainants said were significantly hindering access to their fundamental rights.
06 Feb 2024

Commission forced to subpoena officials from OR Tambo municipality and Transnet to hearing Human rights body wants answers on dire state of roads Ziyanda Zweni The Eastern Cape Human Rights Commission has been forced to subpoena officials from the OR Tambo district municipality and Transnet to an inquiry into the state of the province's roads, after Transnet and municipal officials were noshows at a hearing in November. The representatives were forced to appear before the commission in East London yesterday.
04 Feb 2024

After its inquiry into the July 2021 riots, the SA Human Rights Commission says it can't link them to the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma, and doesn't know who the chief instigators were. Chris Barron asked commissioner PHILILE NTULI ... Your inquiry found the riots were orchestrated by wellresourced "primary actors". How can you not know who they were? Within the scope of the submissions we received we found quite valuable information we were able to unpack ... Shouldn't finding out who the primary actors were have been one of your most urgent priorities? Of course, it was.
03 Feb 2024

The South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC has promised not to give up on finding a solution to the eThekwini water crisis until all areas have running water. The SAHRC said this after receiving a memorandum from the Democratic Alliance DA KZN provincial leader Francois Rodgers during a picket at the SAHRC Durban offices yesterday. The party said it is concerned over the SAHRC's "nonresponse" to issues affecting eThekwini residents. Since the floods in 2022, the water situation in the eThekwini Municipality, particularly in the North of Durban encompassing Phoenix, Tongaat, Durban North, Greenwood Park, Glenashley, Virginia, Sunningdale and Umhlanga has become progressively worse. According to the memorandum the residents of Bester have been without water for 14 years. Rodgers The DA picket outside the SAHRC offices over "ongoing nonresponse" to issues affecting eThekwini residents.
02 February 2024

THE South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC has begun imprinting its SHiNE concept into the hearts and minds of countrymen to help form a more coherent society, in response to the violence and racial tensions between communities in KwaZuluNatal endured during the July 2021 unrest. SHiNE or Social Harmony National Effort is the Commission's project that was conceptualised after an eight month nationwide consultative process headed up by Deputy Commissioner, Fatima Chohan.
31 Jan 2024

ALMOST nine years later, six Chatsworth families who were moved from a block of flats to park homes, are still waiting to move back or for the promise of freestanding houses to be delivered on. The residents said the park homes were erected on a primary school ground in Westcliff, due to the homes "collapsing" and a failing sewerage system. Christina Pillay, 81, shares a tworoom park home with her daughter Rosanne Singh, 47, soninlaw, and 12yearold grandson. Singh said they were told that it would take six months for the repairs to be completed at the flats. "But nine years later we are still waiting to go back to our flat. "While we are grateful to have a shelter, how much longer are we expected to wait to have a proper roof over our heads? "My son sleeps on a couch in the same room as my mother.
31 Jan 2024

Claims of an outdated uniform policy which does not accommodate queer, genderfluid, lesbian or other LGBTQl+ pupils are being made against a KwaDwesi school which has found itself at the centre of a heated row. Now calls are being made for the policy to be reviewed. Lungisa High School grade 11 pupils identifying as lesbian are allegedly being singled out, harassed, berated and even ridiculed for wearing trousers. While the situation escalates, a Gqeberha education expert and the SA Human Rights Commission SAIIRC have reiterated the need for reform to accommodate all gender norms.
31 Jan 2024

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has been warned that the SA Human Rights Commission SAHRC report into the July 2021 unrest should be a major red flag for him to bulk up the country's defence and stop micromanaging State Security matters. During the release of the report on Monday, SAHRC Commissioner Philile Ntuli said the destruction witnessed during the July 2021 unrest was symptomatic of unresolved systemic conditions, such as postCovid19 economic recovery, high unemployment, lawlessness, discrimination, socioeconomic divides, and issues within the security sector.
30 Jan 2024

THE Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Rights Commission and the South African Human Rights Commission SAHRC have found that lapses in intelligence along with the police constraints and ability to deal with the 2021 July unrest. This was revealed at the release of both their reports into the 2021 July unrest in Durban yesterday. The SAHRC findings also indicated that the 2021 unrest was a carefully orchestrated event but the cause could not be found and no link could be established to the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.
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