All Press Releases

14 October 2016
In a front page exposé in the Pretoria News on 13 October 2016, Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, asked for forgiveness from “ordinary citizens” at the Centurion Home Affairs office for lengthy queues, poor communication and lack of professionalism.  While this photo opportunity no doubt revealed real problems at one particular office, Minister Gigaba has so much...
11 October 2016
Lawyers for human Rights will appear in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria on Today (11 October 2016) at 2pm to argue the case of Mantshabelle Mary Rahube, a sixty-eight (68) year old women facing an application for her eviction from the family home in which she has lived for more than thirty-seven (37) years The case will seek to have Mary declared the owner of the...
10 October 2016
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is pleased that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is investigating a policy aimed at bringing more women to the Bench. The policy will regulate the appointment of acting judges, such positions being one of the biggest stepping stones to being appointed as a full-time judge. Gender parity on the Bench is part and parcel of the post-apartheid transformation of the...
23 September 2016
The High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division Pretoria has handed down its judgment in the matter between the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) versus the Student Representative Councils and All students residing in the student residences of TUT’s Pretoria West and Ga-Rankuwa campuses. The matter concerns the unlawful eviction of the residence students on all of TUT’s campuses...
9 September 2016
The Constitutional Court handed down a judgement in the application for leave to appeal against a judgement and order of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division Pretoria (High Court). The High Court had set aside a rule nisi granted against the applicants for the removal of some 200 families from a tract of municipal land, but proceeded to order ordinary eviction proceedings in terms of...
6 September 2016
This morning, the 6th of September 2016, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) was scheduled to hear the case of an 8 year old stateless child who was born in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs asked for leave to appeal a judgement of the Pretoria High Court declaring the child to be a South African citizen. After a two year wait for set down and at the last minute the Department decided to...
5 September 2016
Tomorrow, the 6th of September 2016 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the case of an 8 year old stateless child who was born in South Africa. The Department of Home Affairs is appealing a judgement of the Pretoria High Court in which a stateless child was declared to be a South African citizen in terms of section 2(2) of the South African Citizenship Act. This provision was entered...
23 August 2016
In the last two decades, platinum mining has exponentially expanded into communal land in the North West. This mineral rich area, which falls under various tribal authorities including the prominent Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela, hosts one of the world’s largest and oldest platinum producers – Anglo American Platinum’s Union Mine. Another lucrative platinum mine in the area, Pilanesburg...
19 August 2016
PRESS CONFERENCE  Monday 22 August 2016 at 5:30 PM at Protea Hotel Parktonian, 120 De Korte St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa. African high-level experts join forces against sexual violence ahead of FIDH 39th Congress To combat sexual violence in Africa, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights ACHPR, in collaboration with FIDH and LHR, is developing Guidelines addressed to...
18 August 2016
18 August 2016 Today, the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng division, Pretoria heard an application for a contempt order brought by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) on behalf of the students of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The issue to be determined was whether TUT and three of its top officials unlawfully ignored the urgent court order intended to bring an immediate end to the...