Equality the biggest obstacle to human rights in SA


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) reports that equality remains the biggest obstacle to achieving human rights in South Africa.

Those statistics were released by the SAHRC this week, which reveal the number of cases reported to all of the SAHRC offices in the country's nine provinces. According to the SAHRC, 749 equality complaints were received by the commission in the past year.

The other major human rights complaints that were recorded during the period under review, include; Unfair labour practices (440 complaints); Ongoing lack of access to health care, water, food, and social security (428 complaints); Violations of the right to just administrative action (379 complaints); Violations of rights in relations to arrest and detention (409 complaints).

During the period under review, a total of 9238 human rights complaints were received and most of them were received in Gauteng. That province was followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. 

It is perhaps important to note that this does not mean that this is the extent of the human rights violations in South Africa, as many cases are never reported. The commission notes that since 2012, the number of cases reported and recorded in the North West province has increased significantly.