Constitutional commissions

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)
Public Protector

 

South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC)

The SAHRC is mandated to promote respect for and a culture of human rights; promote the protection, development and attainment of human rights; and monitor and assess the observance of human rights in South Africa. The powers and functions of the commission are further detailed in the Human Rights Commission Act of 1994.

Over the medium term, through strategic interventions with stakeholders, the commission will aim to promote, protect and monitor human rights by advocating for and seeking to incorporate pro-human rights principles and positions in policy and legislation, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. This will include advocating for targeted service delivery improvements by implementing public and private entities.

Total expenditure is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 3.5%, from R198 million in 2021/22 to R219.5 million in 2024/25. This increase is mainly driven by a one‐off allocation of R5 million in 2022/23 for ICT infrastructure and additional allocations amounting to R12 million to fulfil the commission’s commitments to the United Nations (UN) Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture. Compensation of employees is set to account for 66.8% (R558.1 million) of total spending, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.1%, from R138.7 million in 2021/22 to R143.2 million in 2024/25.

The commission expects to derive 99.3% (R830.3 million) of its revenue between 2021/22 and 2024/25 through tra sfers from the department. These are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 3.9%.

Public Protector of South Africa

The Public Protector of South Africa is mandated to strengthen the country’s constitutional democracy by investigating any conduct in state affairs, or in the public administration in any sphere of government, that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudice; to report on that conduct; and to take appropriate remedial action. Section 182 of the Constitution also states that the public protector must be accessible to all persons and communities.

Over the medium term, the entity will continue to focus on investigations to root out improper conduct and maladministration in state affairs. Accordingly, it plans to finalise 80% of: service delivery cases within six months, good governance within 12 months, integrity cases within 24 months, and complex cases within 36 months. This focus is expected to enable the entity to increase the number of finalised investigation reports from 50 in 2021/22 to 100 in 2024/25.

Expenditure is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 1.3%, from R362.7 million in 2021/22 to R377.3 million in 2024/25. The entitys work requires skilled personnel and sophisticated investigative techniques to strengthen the anti‐corruption system, thus spending on compensation of employees accounts for an estimated 74.7% (on average R273 million per annum) of total spending, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.4%.

The entity expects to derive 99.2% (R1.4 billion) of its revenue over the MTEF period through transfers from the department, in reasing at an average annual rate of 1.3%, from R359.9 million in 2021/22 to R374 million in 2024/25.

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