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19 November 2015
Lawyers for Human Rights has called for an immediate investigation into allegations of severe assault and torture at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. In a letter sent to the station commander of the Pretoria Central Police Station on Tuesday‚ LHR detailed incidents of alleged abuse against 16 inmates by correctional officials. Some of these inmates were witnesses to the...
18 November 2015
 Allegations of murder, beatings, electrocutions and torture made against members of the prisons department's Emergency Support Team have earned the team the nickname "Boko Haram" among prisoners across the country. Boko Haram is the murderous Islamic terrorist group that has destabilised much of Nigeria. Members of the team have been implicated in the death of a Pretoria...
11 November 2015
Home affairs maintained there were sufficient protections under the Immigration Act. Judgment has been reserved in Lawyers for Human Rights’ constitutional challenge against the manner in which suspected undocumented foreigners are detained under Section 34 of the Immigration Act. LHR filed the challenge in the High Court in Pretoria in June after the introduction of new immigration...
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'...