Stories from the Field
The Black Sash Cape Town Regional Office (CTRO), along with partner organisations, has made seven visits to the Department of Home Affairs Refugee Reception Centre in Maitland over the past four months. We wanted to assess the implementation of government policies affecting asylum seekers and refugees as part of our efforts to ensure that their rights are respected.
The Black Sash has contributed to a report put together by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. It considered the extent to which Israel, South Africa, and other countries have successfully implemented the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at the national level. We helped with the chapters on labour, poverty, vulnerable groups, refugees, access to justice and access to credit. Read the full report
The Black Sash has accepted a settlement offer after taking the government to court on behalf of tens of thousands of people waiting to have their social grant appeals heard. The human rights organisation and 24 disabled people from the Eastern Cape launched a legal application in March last year following persistent attempts to persuade the Department of Social Development to clear the huge appeals backlog and deal with excessive delays.