Programme News

1 April 2015
(News)
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's call for all foreign nationals to be kicked out of the country has landed him in hot water with the SA Human Rights Commission. The commission said yesterday it had received a formal complaint against the Zulu monarch. Zwelithini reportedly said at the weekend that the fact that certain countries played a role in the country's struggle for liberation "...
27 March 2015
(News)
The Supreme Court of Appeal has severely criticised Home Affairs for ignoring repeated court orders and gave the department until 1 July to reopen the refugee reception office (RRO) in Port Elizabeth. The court also ordered Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni to report in writing once a month to the Somali Association of South Africa and the Project for Conflict Resolution and...
25 March 2015
(Press release)
In a scathing judgment, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to reopen the refugee reception office in Port Elizabeth and provide full services by 1 July 2015. The SCA declared the decision to close the office unlawful and ordered that Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni deliver monthly reports on steps taken to ensure compliance. The court’s...
19 March 2015
(Press release)
In commemoration of Human Rights Day, Lawyers for Human Rights is hosting a cafe discussion on recent trends of using criminal law to target the poor. Discussions will examine the policies and decisions that exclude marginalised communities and limit their access to public space and services. Increasingly, authorities treat informal traders, beggars and the homeless as a threat to public safety....
17 March 2015
(Press release)
The online application for ZSPs closed on 31 December 2014. The process of booking online will close on 30 April 2015. DHA has anticipated that the project to adjudicate and issue these permits will close in July 2015.
12 March 2015
(News)
In a precedent-setting case, the Pretoria High Court has given asylum seekers the right to challenge a fine imposed on them. The court yesterday heard an urgent application by Janvier Mutoshiwa, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who with the help of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) asked the court to compel the Department of Home Affairs to allow him to contest his fine. Up...
12 March 2015
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights appeared in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday on behalf of a number of separated minors to deal with access to education and documentation for this vulnerable group. An interim order was granted in 2013 guaranteeing asylum seeker and refugee children access to education. The second part of the case was aimed at developing a path to documentation by recognising...
6 March 2015
(News)
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the South African NGO Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Mozambican Mine Workers Association (AMIMO) are working together to find sustainable solutions for migrant mineworkers and their families to access the social security benefits they are entitled, including healthcare, pension schemes and worker compensation. There are a range of...
5 March 2015
(News)
This week Urban Joburg and CityAfrika hosted an open discussion on the City of Johannesburg’s Operation KeMalao ‘It’s the law’. The by-law enforcement operation triggered by the City’s Public Safety office targets all traders and beggars operating at traffic intersections. Ke Molao follows on from the department’s previously notorious operation Clean Sweep,...
5 March 2015
(News)
Lawyers for Human Rights have urged the National Department of Health to ensure that staff at all hospitals are properly trained on the law around foreign nationals who need treatment in South Africa. It’s made the appeal after officials at the Tambo Memorial Hospital in Boksburg turned away a woman in need of urgent medical care, allegedly because she's a foreigner. Eyewitness News...