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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...
7 September 2015
The North West High Court in Mahikeng has ordered the Pilanesberg Platinum Mines to stop its operations on Wilgespruit 2JQ farm, where community members have resisted payments to move and make way for mining. Members of the Lesethleng Village Community, represented by lawyers for human rights, approached the high court to intervene. The lawyers for human rights had lodged an urgent application on...
7 September 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said on Friday that Pilanesberg Platinum Mine “will immediately halt its activities on a portion of land on Wilgespruit” while an ownership dispute is being reolved. This comes‚ LHR said in a statement‚ after the parties had “reached a settlement”‚ which will also entail perimeter fencing remaining intact‚ “but...