The South African Human Rights Commission

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is an independent national body established by Chapter 9 of the South African Constitution. It monitors, protects and promotes the observance of human rights. If you feel that your human rights are being violated, you can approach the SAHRC. There are various ways in which they can help:

  • to give legal advice.
  • to investigate complaints.
  • to litigate in various courts, including the Equality Courts, to seek redress for human rights violations. In 2010, for example, the SAHRC was a friend of the Court in the case challenging open toilets in Khayelitsha in Cape Town.
  • to promote the right to access information and monitor compliance with the PAIA.

The Commission has an office in each of South Africa’s nine provinces and you can contact them to find the office that is closest to you.