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SAHRC to start investigation into unrest in Gauteng in July 2021



While the country is still reeling from the damning findings of a report by the panel of experts appointed in August 2021 to assess the government’s response to the unrest in Gauteng and KZN in July 2021, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) resume its investigative hearing. in the turmoil, this time targeting Gauteng.

According to the SAHRC the hearings starts from Monday 21 February to Friday 4 March.

“This second leg of the National Hearing will focus on events such as those that unfolded in Gauteng province during the July 2021 unrest and will also include the continuation of evidence from the KZN hearing,” a statement from the Sahrc reads. .

“The hearing panel will hear testimonies from survivors, various community members and industry players in commerce, private security and state officials.”

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It said the subject of this hearing is a matter of national concern and includes various rights, such as that to “security, the right to be free from all forms of violence, the right not to have one’s property seized and the right to life”.

The commission received R3 million from treasury to investigate the causes of the unrest and to prepare a report.

Earlier this month the report of a panel of experts appointed to investigate, among other things, the cause of the riots in the two provinces, concluded that the catastrophic failure of the police, intelligence services and the executive to stop the violence led to destruction and looting, leaving R50 billion of the economy, left more than 354 people dead and injured.

In addition, it found that internal ANC battles are now a issue of national security and a serious source of instability in the country.

Together with inequality, poor service, high unemployment, the culture of violence and the looting of state resources, they have created the perfect breeding ground for future violent outbreaks of this magnitude.

“Our constitution is based on the principle of accountability. The Commission’s mandate includes monitoring and assessment of human rights compliance in the Republic. Ultimately, under the Constitution of the Republic, it is the Commission’s job to investigate and report cases of human rights violations and to take steps to obtain appropriate remedies,” said Gushwell Brooks of the commission.

“All parties and stakeholders will have every opportunity to be heard in a fair and impartial manner.”

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