You & your rights

first_imgWhat are your rights? Have they been violated? What can you do if they have? Our directory covers human rights, gender, language, the workplace, rights of landlords and tenants, as well as your rights as they relate to the police and the government. The Flame of Democracy burning outside of the Constitutional Court at Constitution Hill. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)HUMAN RIGHTSSA Human Rights CommissionThe Commission can give you information or training on human rights and can help you if you think that any of your rights, as defined in the Bill of Rights, has been violated.It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implementation of Public Access to Information Act (PAIA).The Commission’s website has a facility for filing human rights complaints online.Website: [email protected] office, Gauteng: Tel 011 484 8300Read more: The SA Human Rights CommissionAids Legal Network SAA non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town, the Aids Legal Network aims to address discriminatory practices and attitudes to HIV/Aids. It works to promote “legal literacy” and will respond to violations of human rights.Website: aid desk: [email protected] RIGHTSCommission on Gender EqualityIf you have been unfairly treated because of your gender, you can complain to the Commission. Their website has a facility for filing complaints online.Website: [email protected]: (011) 403 7182Read more: Commission on Gender EqualityLANGUAGE RIGHTSPan South African Language BoardEvery South African has the right to use the language of his or her choice, provided this is consistent with the rights of others. To find out more about your language rights, or to complain if they are violated, contact the Board.Website: [email protected] (012) 341 9638/9551Read more: Pan South African Language BoardWORKPLACE RIGHTSCouncil for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationAn independent, statutory dispute resolution body. Labour disputes, such as unfair dismissals, can be referred to the CCMA. But not all labour disputes – check under “general CCMA information” on the website. The site also carries excellent information on labour rights and codes of good practice in terms of the Labour Relations Act.Website: [email protected] call centre: 0861 16 16 16Read more: You & your domestic/ ‘madam’, Employment Equity FAQ, Employing the disabled: guidelines, HIV/Aids in the workplace, Getting help for workplace injuriesThe SA Labour GuideGuidelines for employers and employees, labour law, dispute resolution, advice, assistance and more.Website: AND TENANT RIGHTSRental Housing TribunalsThe government has established Rental Housing Tribunals in each province to deal with all types of illegal or unfair practice relating to the landlord/tenant relationship. The Tribunals are courts, with powers similar to those of magistrate’s courts.Tel: 086 010 6166Read more: Consumer help: estate and rental agentsTHE POLICE AND YOUR RIGHTSIndependent Police Investigative DirectorateIf you believe your rights have been violated by a member of the SA Police Service, contact the IPID. You may lodge a complaint online via their website.Website: 012 399 0000GOVERNMENT AND YOUR RIGHTSThe Public ProtectorThe Public Protector investigates serious complaints against government departments and organisations, including provincial or local authorities, state-owned companies, and any person that performs a public function. The Public Protector’s brief includes investigating improper dealings with public money.Website: www.publicprotector.orgEmail: [email protected]: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: 012 366 7143Read more: South Africa’s Public ProtectorPublic Service Accountability MonitorThe PSAM tracks cases of public sector corruption and maladministration in the Eastern Cape, following up these cases in an objective, politically non-partisan fashion. The PSAM website contains regular updates on these cases and includes audio interviews with officials.Website: reporterReviewed: February 2014Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img

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