South Africa

SALC Presents a Statement on Xenophobia at the African Commission

Between 21 and 25 April 2015, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) attended the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, held in Banjul, the Gambia. During this session, SALC’s Project Lawyer, Brigadier Siachitema, read out a statement requesting the African Commission to call upon the South …» Read More

Media Advisory: No Justice for the Poor-Human Rights Groups Report Highlights Use of Outdated Vagrancy Laws by Police in Malawi

Lilongwe – On Tuesday 9 July, the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) will publish a ground-breaking study on the Blantyre police’s use of outdated vagrancy laws to arrest and detain people for minor nuisance-related behaviour – a practice that …» Read More

NM and Others v Smith and Others (Constitutional Court 2007)

Three HIV positive women whose identities had been published in a biography without their prior consent sued the author of the book, Charlene Smith, the subject of the book, Patricia DeLille, and the publisher, New Africa Books. Smith had obtained a clinical trial report which identified the three women by name. The women had signed limited consent forms for the disclosure of their identities in the clinical trial report but not for further dissemination of their identities.» Read More

E N and others v Government of RSA and others (High Court 2006)

Fifteen HIV positive prisoners, in the advanced stages illness sued, among others, the Republic of South Africa asking the Court to require access to anti-retroviral treatment for prisoners. The prisoners alleged violations of their constitutional rights to health care and “to conditions of detention consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision, at State expense, of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment.”» Read More

De Bruyn v Minister of Justice and Customs (Federal Court 2004)

South Africa requested extradition of De Bruyn. De Bruyn challenged his extradition claiming that it would be unjust given the high risk for men of contracting HIV in South African prisons. In support of his claim, De Bruyn produced a number of news articles discussing the high prevalence rate of HIV in South African prisons. The Minister of Justice rejected De Bruyn’s claim reasoning that there was no evidence that De Bruyn would contract HIV if he was extradited. De Bruyn appealed the decision to the Federal Court.» Read More