Programme News

23 May 2018
(Press release)
LHR represents the Lesethleng Village Community in an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court against an eviction order granted by the North West High Court in favour of Pilanesburg Platinum Mine (PPM).   Over a century ago in 1916, thirteen families in the Lesethleng Village Community decided to buy the farm Wilgespruit (“Modimo Mmalo”) in the district...
10 May 2018
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights is pleased with the judgment handed down by Judge N Davis in the Pretoria High Court on 9 May 2018 concerning the unlawful eviction of the residents of Marievale by members of SANDF. Late last year leading into the festive season, members of SANDF stormed in the homes of about 150 families residing in a small village known as Marievale and evicted them in the most...
17 April 2018
(Press release)
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...
3 April 2018
(Press release)
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...
19 February 2018
(Press release)
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...
26 September 2017
(Press release)
Today the 26th of September 2017 the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria handed down judgment in the case of Mantshabelle Mary Rahube, a sixty-eight (68) year old woman facing an application for her eviction from the family home in which she has lived for more than thirty-seven (37) years by her bother Hedrine Rahube. The case sought to have Mary declared the owner of the...
5 July 2017
(Press release)
Nine months after having their homes demolished allegedly by the Inqguza Hill Local Municipality in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, over 150 people from the New Rest community remain without shelter or basic services. This is despite the court order of 18 October 2016 by the High Court in Grahamstown directing the Municipality to provide its constituents with emergency shelter and aid. When the...
10 April 2017
(Press release)
The Grookraal matter will be heard in the Cape Town High Court tomorrow (11 April 2017). Lawyers for Human Rights (“LHR”) represents the broader Grootkraal Community which consists of the people who live and work on surrounding farms known as the Grootkraal Kombuys valley. The farm Grootkraal is right next to the Cango caves.   The Community does not live in Grootkraal, but has...
22 March 2017
(News)
On 23 March 2017 at 10h00 the Constitutional Court will hear an application for leave to appeal against the judgment and order of the Land Claims Court (LCC) in a matter concerning whether it is just and equitable to evict applicants from private land in terms of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA), notwithstanding the non-availability of alternative accommodation by the responsible...
15 April 2016
(News)
Mamelodi Hostel Residents March, asking the City of Tshwane to address their Concerns   Mamelodi hostel residents will yet again take their issues to the street, asking the City of Tshwane to take them seriously. The residents of the hostel are at loggerheads with the City over the same issue of housing that they have been fighting since year 2000. It is 16 years later and all the City has...