Jun 28, 2022

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No date set for release of SA Human Rights Commission report on unrest

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) had not yet set a date for the release of its report on the July 2021 unrest.

The commission’s acting CEO, Chantal Kisoon, told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that the Report will be released Once satisfied, the Commission was ready to do so.

“We understand that the country expects the report to provide answers on the causes, outcomes and responses to the July [2021 ] contains. The Commission must balance this need with its responsibility to produce a report that meets its requirement for the objectivity, quality and accuracy of the information received, given the importance of the issues addressed.”

The Commission analyzed evidence obtained – oral and written submissions – and working with witnesses for additional information as needed.

“We are awaiting some written responses to requests while we consider the evidence and begin developing our report,” she said.

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The Commission was pleased to have been able to gather a wide range of evidence from ordinary South Africans – victims, witnesses, experts, government officials, ministers and the President – who had come to hear about their to share experiences, their pain and suffering as a result of the unrest.

“A large number of people have agreed to attend the hearings support. This support and the information we received provided rich insights to support our reasoning. It also benefited the public, who could see and hear what was shared with SAHRC.

“In this way, the hearings themselves offered a measure of healing and hope. The hearings went largely without major challenges. Although unprecedented, the Commission’s past experience in convening pre-trial inquiries has contributed to the successful convening of this hearing.

“However, the Commission has recognized the use of limited resources and the need to be aware of reacting immediately with his findings. The hearings have also provided opportunities for other stakeholders to formulate and implement responses, whether at the level of actions taken in relation to the SAPS or in relation to reconstruction and support to human rights defenders’ efforts.”

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