All Press Releases

17 April 2018
17 April 2018 In November and December 2017 members of the South African Defence Force stormed into the homes of about 150 families residing in a small village known as Marievale and evicted them in the most violent manner. This was an illegal eviction carried out in the absence of a court order.   Marievale was a military base formerly occupied by members of the military. However, as the...
15 April 2018
On Friday, 13 April 2018, the New Rest community witnessed justice in action when the Mayor of Lusikisiki, Mr Patrick Mdingi, was arrested for being in contempt of a court order. Together with the Municipal Manger, Mr Mluleki Fihlani, the Mayor refused to build emergency shelters for the community, whose homes were unlawfully demolished in October 2016 by the Inqguza Hill Local Municipality (...
3 April 2018
03 April 2018 Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) represents a group of homeless people who reside at Prince’s Park, on the corner of Prince’s Park Road and Nana Sita Streets in the centre of town.   On 20 February 2018 the City of Tshwane’s Waste management department together with the Tshwane Metro Police Department, went to the park where the 24 applicants and several more...
20 March 2018
On 4 August 2017 the matter of the South African History Archive (“SAHA”) v the South African Reserve Bank (“SARB”) was heard in the high court. Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) represented SAHA as the applicant in this matter. SAHA makes requests in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (“PAIA”) as part of its Freedom of...
19 March 2018
19 March 2018 The matter of Mr Godfrey Mtenje will continue be heard in the Land Claims Court of South Africa on the 20th of March 2018. Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) represents Mr Mtenje and his family who reside in dilapidated tents on a plot in Hercules, Pretoria. Mr Mtenje and his family arrived at the plot in 1991 where they lawfully took occupation of a brick...
9 March 2018
    The Gauteng Division of the High Court handed down judgment in the matter of Law Society of South Africa and others v The President of the Republic of South Africa and others on 1 March 2018 ruling that the President's participation in the suspension of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal was unconstitutional. The case, brought initially by the Law...
21 February 2018
On 22 February 2018, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear at the Constitutional Court in the matter of Assign Services v NUMSA and Others, when the Constitutional Court will hear arguments on the proper interpretation and effect of section 198A(3)(b) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA).  LHR represent the Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) who has been admitted as amicus...
19 February 2018
Mining affected communities acknowledged as key stakeholders   19 February 2018 --- This morning, the Pretoria High Court postponed the judicial review of the Mining Charter published last year by Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane, in order for the President to initiate a new, inclusive consultation process that will underpin revisions to the Charter.  In the same order, the...
19 February 2018
19 February 2018 — Lawyers for Human Rights notes the statements released by the Chamber of Mines and the Department of Mineral Resources regarding postponement of the 2017 Mining Charter case by agreement between those two parties.  There are seven other applicants in the case, none of whom have been formally engaged by the respondent in this matter, the Department of Mineral...
18 February 2018
18 February 2018 --- Beginning tomorrow, four mining affected communities represented by Lawyers for Human Rights will be in the Pretoria High Court to challenge the Mining Charter published by Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane in June of last year.    The communities of Sefikile, Lesethleng, Babina Phuthi Ba Ga-Makola and Kgatlu, located in the Northwest and Limpopo...