All Press Releases

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...
12 February 2018
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear at the Constitutional Court tomorrow in the matter of Rosemary Hunter v the Financial Services Board and others. The case concerns the irregular cancelation of thousands of pension funds by the registrar of the Financial Services Board (FSB) and the proper exercise of constitutional duties of public officials. LHR represent the Casual Workers Advice...
22 January 2018
22 January 2018- Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) expresses its concern over the announcement on Friday (19 January 2018) by the Cabinet Justice cluster of Operation Fiela II.  Operation Fiela I, which took place during heightened xenophobic tensions in 2015, created an environment of fear and saw widespread human rights abuses by police, military and immigration officials.  Use of...
27 November 2017
Long-time human rights lawyer, Rudolph Jansen, who fought against injustice on behalf of the poor and marginalized for over three decades, including with respect to the abolition of the death penalty, prison reform, and land reform and restitution, has died. He was a long-standing member and former National Director of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), and leaves behind his wife, Mariana, and two...
24 November 2017
24 November 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #NotOurLeaders Campaing launched by Women and Democracy Initiative, Lawyers for Human Rights and gender violence specialist during 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women Tomorrow, 25 November, marks the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. Activities led by government emphasise the importance of taking action to...