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  1. Presentation to theJustice Portfolio Committee Cape Town 8 June 2001

  2. BROAD OVERVIEW OF PRESENTATION • Constitutional Mandate • Mission Statement • SAHRC Commissioners and Secretariat- Commissioners Portfolios - Departmental Line Function • Core Business • Projects 2001-2002 • Financial and Human Resources Broad Overview

  3. Constitutional Mandate “The Human Rights Commission must – • … promote respect for human rights and a culture of human rights; • … promote the protection,developmentand attainment of human rights; • … monitor and assess the observanceof human rights in the Republic.” • Constitution of South Africa, Section 184 (1) (a) (b) (c) Constitutional Mandate

  4. Mission Statement The South African Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to entrench constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and the protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour. Mission Statement

  5. Commission Structure Commission Structure

  6. Commissioners Commissioners

  7. Commissioners Portfolios Dr N Barney Pityana - Chairperson  National and International Liaison International Coordinating Committee on National Institutions Ms Shirley Mabusela - Deputy Chairperson Commissioner: Child Rights Provincial Responsibility: Gauteng Province Professor Charles Dlamini Part-time Commissioner Provincial Responsibility: KwaZulu Natal Commissioners Portfolios

  8. Commissioners Portfolios Professor Karthy Govender Part-time Commissioner Provincial Responsibility: KwaZulu Natal Dr Zonke Majodina Part-time Commissioner Commissioner: Migrants and Refugees Provincial Responsibility: Western Cape & Northern Cape Ms Charlotte McClain Commissioner: Socio-Economic Rights Provincial Responsibility: Mpumalanga Commissioners Portfolios

  9. Commissioners Portfolios Mr Jerry Nkeli Commissioner: Disability Provincial Responsibility: Free State Province Mr Tom Manthata Commissioner: Rights of the Aged Provincial Responsibility: Eastern Cape Province Adv Pansy Tlakula Commissioner: Equal Opportunities Provincial Responsibility: North-West Province Commissioners Portfolios

  10. Commissioners Portfolios Mr Jody Kollapen Commissioner: Civil and Political Rights  Provincial Responsibility: Northern Province Adv Leon Wessels Commissioner: Access to Information Provincial Responsibility: Western and Northern Cape Provinces Commissioners Portfolios

  11. Section 5 Committees • Government and Parliamentary Liaison – Dr Pityana • Child Rights – Ms Mabusela • International Standards – Adv Leon Wessels • Disability – Mr Nkeli • Older Persons – Mr Manthata • NGOs and CBOs – Mr Manthata Section 5 Committees

  12. Secretariat Secretariat

  13. Core Business • Corporate Services • Legal Services • Research and Documentation • Advocacy and Public Awareness Campaigns • Education and Training Core Business

  14. Corporate Support Services • Human Resource Management • Financial Management • Provisioning and Support Services • Information Technology • Internal Audit Core Business

  15. Steps taken to comply with PFMA • Implementation Plan • PFMA Workshop • Internal Audit Unit • Audit Committee • Risk Assessment Workshop • Fraud Prevention Plan Core Business

  16. National Inquiries into Human Rights Violations • Inquiry into Racism in the Media • Racism in the Justice System • Child Sexual Offences • Socio-Economic Rights Hearings Core Business

  17. Complaints Handling Typical Complaints • Equality (racism, gender, religion, disability) • Socio-economic rights (education, health, housing, environmental rights) • Freedom of association • Xenophobia • Farming communities • Prisoners’ rights Core Business

  18. Complaints Handling National - Total Number of Complaints Received = 4715 Core Business

  19. Complaints Handling Breakdown percentages per province Total Number 2080 814 135 648 597 281 74 86 4715 Province Gauteng WC NC EC KZN NP MP Free State TOTAL (including NW) Core Business

  20. Complaints Handling Gauteng - Total Number of Complaints Received = 2080 Core Business

  21. Complaints Handling Western Cape - Total Number of Complaints Received = 814 Core Business

  22. Complaints Handling Eastern Cape - Total Number of Complaints Received = 648 Core Business

  23. Complaints Handling KwaZulu Natal - Total Number of Complaints Received = 597 Core Business

  24. Complaints Handling Northern Province - Total Number of Complaints Received = 281 Core Business

  25. Complaints Handling Mpumalanga - Total Number of Complaints Received = 74 Core Business

  26. Complaints Handling Free State - Total Number of Complaints Received = 76 Core Business

  27. Socio-Economic Rights • Preparation of 3rd Socio-Economic Rights Report • Development of 4th Socio-Economic Rights Protocols • Workshops on Socio-Economic Rights Core Business

  28. Public Awareness • “Roll Back Xenophobia” Campaign - production of radio series - production of literature and materials - seminars and workshops • Annual School Poster Competition • Celebrations of National, Regional and International Human Rights Days: - Human Rights Week - World AIDS Day seminar - National Day of Reconciliation Core Business

  29. Public Awareness (cont) • National Conference on Racism 2000 • Farming communities consultative workshop • Grootboom seminar • Socio Economic Rights seminars • Launch of State of Worlds Refugees Report • SAHRC 5th Anniversary • Launch of UNDP Human Development Report 2000 • Launch of NACHRET Core Business

  30. Education and Training • Training and education on human rights • Develop training materials, programmes and curricula • Ensure institutionalisation of human rights education • Convene Human Rights Education Forums • Strategic Policy Interventions in Education and Training System Core Business

  31. Theme/Topic Workshops Total persons Target Groups Alternatives to Corporal Punishment/ ChildRights 21 644 Educators, Learners, Child Care Workers, Secure Care Workers Refugees and Non-Nationals 7 181 Police, Health Care Workers, Educators Anti- Discrimination 21 762 Educators, Police, NGOs; Churches Train-the-Trainer 9 284 NGOs; Community Workers Education and Training Programme

  32. Theme/ Topic Workshop Total Persons Target Group Constitution/ Bill of Rights/ Role of SAHRC 41 1 294 Community Workers; NGOs; Government Traditional Leaders, Organised Labour, H R Education/ Education Sector 19 530 Educators; learners; curriculum developers H R and Social Work 3 82 Social Workers Human Rights and Paralegals 3 53 Paralegals Education and Training Programme

  33. Theme/ Topic Workshops Number of Persons Target Group Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Gender Equality 5 243 Women, NGO‘,Trainers; Educators Youth and Juvenile Justice 1 30 Department of Justice Violence and Abuse against Women 3 136 Social Workers, Police Rights of Disabled Persons 2 83 Secure Care Workers/ Disability Sector Education and Training Programme

  34. Theme/ Topic No. of Workshops No. of Persons Target Group Human Rights and Farming Communities 2 60 Farmworkers; NGOs; Human Rights (International) 3 103 NGOs Health Rights 5 236 Health Care Workers Elder Abuse/ The Rights of the Elderly 3 165 Health, Welfare Workers, Elderly, Dept of Justice Education and Training Programme

  35. Summary of Completed Training and Seminars • 148 workshops and training programmes were conducted reaching 4886 people • 64 seminars and presentations were conducted reaching 13 493 people Core Business

  36. Institutionalisation of Human Rights in the Formal Education and Training Sector • Curriculum Development for schools • Teacher Training and Development-Workshops for Teachers - Project with Gauteng Insitute for Curriculum Development - Project with SADTU • N Q F and SAQA • Representation of SAHRC on the following NSB’s - Agriculture and Nature Conservation, Culture and Arts, Business, Commerce and Management Studies, Communication Studies and Language, Education, Human and Social Studies, Health Science, Social Services, Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Science. - SGB Representation- Human Rights, Democracy and Peace Education Core Business

  37. Main Reports and Publications • National Conference on Racism • Towards A Focal Point For Children • Racism in the Media • 2nd Socio-Economic Rights Report • Africa Human Rights Day • Resource Manual on Human Rights and Farmworkers • The Development of a Monitoring System for NAP • Constitutional Law Case Summaries 1999 • 2nd Lindela Report • Promotion of Access to Information Act: Training Manual Core Business

  38. Projects 2001 - 2002 • National Action Plan and Strategy to Combat Racism (Convenors: Dr Pityana & Adv Tlakula) • Constitutional Legislation (Convenors: Adv Wessels & Adv Tlakula) • Equality Legislation • Child Sexual Offences (Convenor: Ms Mabusela) • Inquiry - Human Rights in Farming Communities (Convenor: Ms McClain) • Racism in the Justice System (Convenor: Mr Kollapen) Projects 2001 - 2002

  39. Projects 2001 – 2002 (cont) • Initiation Practices in Educational Institutions (Convenor: Adv Wessels) • The plight of SA prisoners on death row (Convenor: Adv Wessels & Mr Kollapen) • 3rd UN World Conference Against Racism (Convenors: Dr Pityana & Adv Tlakula) • Evaluation of the SAHRC’s First Term (Convenor: Dr Pityana & CEO) • Human Rights and Corporate Citizenship (Convenors: Dr Pityana & CEO) • Education and Training (Convenor:Ms Mabusela)

  40. National Action Plan and Strategy to Combat Racism • Provincial Consultative Workshops • Finalisation of NAPSCR • Handing over of NAPSCR to Government on 16 December 2001 Projects 2001 - 2002

  41. Constitutional Legislation PAIA • Training Manual • Limited education, training and promotion • Complaints handling Projects 2001 - 2002

  42. Constitutional Legislation PEPUDA • Training on limited scale • Public education and awareness on a limited scale • Complaints handling • Participation in ELIT processes Projects 2001 - 2002

  43. Equality Legislation Project Research to be conducted in the following areas on behalf of Department of Justice: • Inclusion of the additional grounds • Criminalisation of acts • Draft Regulations for Equality Projects 2001 - 2002

  44. Child Sexual Offences To investigate Systemic issues relating to Child sexual offences by: • Holding Hearings • Hearings involving the judiciary and the prosecution • Public awareness campaigns Projects 2001 - 2002

  45. Inquiry – Human Rights in Farming Communities To investigate incidences of human rights violations Focus of the inquiry: • Land Rights and Tenancy • Safety and Security • Economic and Social Rights Projects 2001 - 2002

  46. Racism in the Justice System To Investigate allegations of racism within the Justice System Projects 2001 - 2002

  47. 3rd World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance • Coordinating a National Institutions Conference • Two National Conferences on SA Position Paper on WCAR • Recruitment and co-facilitate the programme for Victims of Racism • Set up of exhibitions • Participation in NGO and Youth Forum Projects 2001 - 2002

  48. Evaluation of First Term of SAHRC To evaluate the first term of SAHRC’s work Projects 2001 - 2002

  49. Corporate Citizenship To engage with the business community on its role in the promotion and protection of human rights Projects 2001 - 2002

  50. Education and Training • Regional and SADC Training • Forum on Racism and Education • Celebrating Difference Campaign • Education for Democracy Project • Police Training Projects 2001 - 2002