All Press Releases

24 January 2017
INVITATION   PRESS CONFERENCE - REPORT PRESENTATION Blyvooruitzicht Mine Village: the human toll of state and corporate abdication of responsibility in South Africa   Friday 27 January at 10AM Stay City Hotel, 46 High Street, Berea, Johannesburg Secure Parking and Main Entrance:  53 Hillbrow Street, Berea (Between Tudhope and Lily Street)   p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0....
5 December 2016
On 5 December LHR, on behalf of Sonke Gender Justice, argued before Judge Saldanha of the Western Cape High Court that the conditions of detention at the Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility amounted to a breach of the rights to be detained in conditions consistent with human dignity and not to be subjected to ill treatment.   The application before the court painted a bleak...
5 December 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) notes with extreme concern the comments attributed to the Tshwane MMC for Human Settlements, Mr M Nkomo regarding the demolition of residences at the ‘Transnet Depot’ in the newspaper article entitled “Bid to force the city to rebuild demolished shacks” published on page 6 of the Pretoria News on 1 December 2016. The MMC seems selective in...
1 December 2016
  01 December 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On 5 December 2016, the case launched by Sonke Gender Justice (‘Sonke’) and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), in response to the extreme overcrowding and inhumane conditions suffered by detainees awaiting trial in Pollsmoor Remand Detention Facility (‘Pollsmoor Remand’), will be heard in the Western Cape High Court. Since March...
18 November 2016
This week, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), appeared before the High Court of South Africa in Grahamstown to institute urgent contempt proceedings against the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in Lusikisiki. On 6 October 2016, the Municipality allegedly demolished 36 households without a court order and leaving over 150 people homeless (the “New Rest community”) and without emergency...
17 November 2016
  The right to a name and nationality is one of the most fundamental human right, however, a lot of children in South Africa spend much of their lives without this legal identity and the benefits and protections it affords. Children who are not registered do not officially exist.   Njabulo** was only two years old, when he was found abandoned in Moroka, Soweto. A foster mother, Ms...
7 November 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) will appear in the Constitutional Court tomorrow (Tuesday 8 November 2016) to challenge the constitutionality of the provisions of the Immigration Act relating to detention.  Currently, the Immigration Act provides that someone found to be an “illegal foreigner” without documentation to remain in South Africa may be detained for 30 days by an...
21 October 2016
21 Oct 2016   Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has noted reports that the Government of South Africa has filed a note verbale to the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. LHR is concerned that this action has not complied with the Constitution and domestic legislation relating to our obligations toward international criminal...
20 October 2016
On the 6th of October 2016, the Ngquza Hill Local Municipality, in the Province of the Eastern Cape demolished 36 homes on the property known as the New Rest Community, situated on a portion of Erf 49 Lusikisiki.   Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) approached the the Grahamstown High Court to seek urgent relief for these families and to further argue that the actions of the Municipality be...
18 October 2016
The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division Pretoria today handed down its judgement in the matter between Pule Molefe and Residents of the Blyvooruitzicht Mine Village versus Merafong Local Municipality and 10 others.  The High Court ordered that the Municipality be prevented from disconnecting the piped water supply to the Blyvooruitzicht Mine Village, mandating that the water must...