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6 November 2015
Warders at Kgosi Mampuru Prison, who have been labelled Boko Haram, are likely to face criminal investigation by the SAPS in connection with allegations of physical abuses and torture of inmates. The implicated warders were accused of terrorising the inmates inside their cells during the night by severely beating them with tonfas (batons). Clare Ballards, an attorney working for Lawyers for Human...
12 October 2015
The ANC has given Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir the green light to return to South Africa to attend the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation in December. Minster of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, speaking yesterday at the party‘s National General Council meeting in Midrand, said President Jacob Zuma had sent invitations to members of the forum and that no...
18 September 2015
The High Court in Pretoria has granted an application that individual management members of the Tshwane University of Technology be joined in contempt of court proceedings against the university. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said they believed management members who caused TUT to disobey an urgent court order allowing evicted students to return to their residences during protest action in 2014...
18 September 2015
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and three of its top officials – including vice-chancellor – must explain to the high court in Pretoria why they should not be held in contempt of a court and face a fine of R30 000, or six months imprisonment, in a sequel to last year’s protest action at its campuses. The alleged contempt followed last year’s eviction of students...
18 September 2015
The High Court in Pretoria has granted an application by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) that individual management members of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) be joined in the contempt of court proceedings against the university. LHR said it believed members who led to TUT disobeying an urgent court order allowing evicted students to return during protest action in 2014 should be held...
9 September 2015
Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says he wants clarity from the courts on how evictions should be carried out as tenants are often treated in an inhumane way during the process. Mamabolo announced he will be taking a test case to court in order to protect the rights of tenants evicted from their homes. Over the past weekend the MEC expressed his unhappiness at how residents were...
9 September 2015
For almost two years now, the chattering classes have been deliberating the killing of Reeva Steenkamp. The case recently became a popular topic again after Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius - the man accused of killing his blonde-model girlfriend - had his parole put on hold by South Africa's Department of Justice, just two days before he was to be released. Questions over Pistorius'...
8 September 2015
Gauteng MEC for human settlements Jacob Mamabolo is planning to take a test case to court to protect the rights of people evicted from their home. Mamabolo expressed unhappiness at how women, children and people with a disability were treated during evictions. "Those residents still have rights. The fact that they are in debt does not mean their rights do not matter. The question is what...
8 September 2015
Attorney for rights group Lawyers for Human Rights, Louise du Plessis, talked about a test case that is heading to court about the protection of tenants' rights in the event of an eviction order.  
7 September 2015
Forced anti-psychotics and shock therapy are par for the course at the correctional facility. In scenes from video footage shot inside Mangaung prison, Bheki Dlamini is taken to be allegedly forcibly injected with antipsychotic drugs. (Supplied) The Mangaung prison in the Free State, run by the beleaguered multinational private security company G4S, is allegedly forcibly injecting inmates with...