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31 July 2018
(News)
The Board of Lawyers for Human Rights has appointed Mildred Khumalo and Michael Clements to the roles of Acting Co-Directors of the organization. Mildred is the current Finance Manager, and Michael is the current Environmental Rights Programme Manager.   The Acting Co-Directors will retain these positions while the Board works to identify and retain a permanent National Director, and an...
26 July 2018
(Press release)
Today, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in the matter of Assign Services v NUMSA and Others, which concerns the correct interpretation of section 198A(3)(b) (the “deeming provision”) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1996 (LRA).  Section 198A(3)(b) provides that an employee who earns less than the stipulated threshold and is contracted through a Temporary Employment...
25 July 2018
(Press release)
On Thursday 26 July 2018, the Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in the matter of Assign Services v NUMSA and Others, a matter dealing with the proper interpretation of section 198A(3)(b)(i) (the “deeming provision”) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1996 (LRA).  Section 198A was one of several amendments made to the LRA in 2014, which aimed at providing protection to...
24 July 2018
(Press release)
24 July 2018 Yesterday the Department of Home Affairs finally registered an 18 month old baby under pressure of a  Children’s Court order.    Baby Senelile* was found in a field in Pretoria soon after birth. There were no clues about who her parents were. Despite being a clearly abandoned and vulnerable foundling child, the Department of Home Affairs refused the social worker...
17 July 2018
(Press release)
17 July 2018 Watch our short explainer video here. Hundreds of children are forced into undocumented lives and denied their basic rights due to their parents’ documentation status. The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, Lawyers for Human Rights and the Legal Resources Centre call for the South African government to amend regulations around birth registration to ensure that a child’s...
16 July 2018
(Press release)
16 July 2018 On 12 July 2018, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria handed down judgement in the matter of FNM v the Refugee Appeal Board and Others (Case number 71738/2016), in which Dodson AJ sets out a scathing indictment of the quality of administrative decision-making in South Africa’s asylum seeker process. The applicant in this matter is an asylum seeker who fled from the...
29 June 2018
(News)
  The Lawyers for Human Rights’ Refugee and Migrant Rights Program is looking for law graduates or paralegals to assist as interns in the Johannesburg law clinic in Braamfontein as well as our clinic in Pretoria. Our interns assist with various support activities including client interaction and communication, legal correspondence and submissions, as well as administrative support...
29 June 2018
(News)
    On a yearly basis, the Mail & Guardian publishes a list of 200 exceptional and notable South Africans under the age of 35 in its “200 Young South Africans” list. This year, we are proud as Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) to have two of our colleagues, Carol Mohlala (Media and Communications Manager) and Liesl Muller (Attorney and Head of Statelessness Project)...
26 June 2018
(Press release)
It is with the greatest concern that Lawyers for Human Rights notes the intention of the Dawid Kruiper Municipality to illegally evict 16 Congolese and Burundian foreign nationals from their current place of safety – a shelter that the Municipality had provided for them. The foreign nationals are victims of xenophobic attacks that occurred in Mapoteng Kathu on the 26th  June 2018 which...
19 June 2018
(Press release)
Johannesburg, Paris, 15 June 2018 On Thursday 14 June 2018, the South African Constitutional Court (Court) issued an unanimous judgment confirming that there will be no more timelimit in which to institute a criminal prosecution for any sexual offence in South Africa, regardless of how long ago it was committed, or whether the survivor was a child or adult. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and...