Rule of Law

SALC’s Rule of Law work is integrated within its other programmatic areas and focuses on the following objectives:

  • To challenge encroachments on judicial independence.
  • To challenge practices where the executive seeks to encroach on the powers of parliament or the judiciary.

On-going cases:

Lesotho: Conduct advocacy and litigation to address unlawful arrests and military detention.

Precedent cases:

Lesotho: Support wife of late Brigadier Mahau to argue against the setting aside of the findings of the SADC Commission of Inquiry into Lesotho.
Botswana: Challenge interpretation of Constitution which allows President discretion to appoint High Court judges.
Swaziland: Challenging the constitutionality of the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act.
Swaziland: Challenging the constitutionality of the Suppression of Terrorism Act.
Swaziland: Challenging lawyer and editor’s arrest and detention for contempt of court.

19 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: SALC condemns police attacks on protesting workers in Swaziland...

During the week preceding the elections, marches were planned by striking civil servants, teachers and nurses in the four major cities and towns of Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Siteki. The Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) and its affiliates are…

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14 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: Launch of research report on “The alignment of Eswatini’s...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre released a report on "The Alignment of Eswatini's Domestic law with recommendations of United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms" in Mbabane on the 13th of September 2018. The report was drafted with support from the European…

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12 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
SALC Research Report: Alignment of Eswatini’s Domestic Laws with Recommend...

It is more than seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted yet the struggle to achieve full realisation of human rights remains a pressing reality. One of the challenges hampering the enjoyment of human rights…

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06 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: TWO COURT DISPUTES TEST SA’s COMMITMENT TO RULE OF LAW...

The Daily Maverick President Cyril Ramaphosa faces great risks but also opportunities in how he handles ICC and SADC Tribunal cases. Are the planets aligning for South Africa to make a significant contribution to reforming the International Criminal Court (ICC)…

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04 Sep 2018 Staff Writer
Statement: Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network condemns the violent ...

The SAHRDN has today demanded that the Malawian Police and relevant government authorities urgently and openly investigate the violence, assault and threats against the staff of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and bring the perpetrators to justice.…

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30 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: South Africa’s role in the denial of justice in southern Afr...

Suzgo Lungu and MacKennan Graziano The Daily Maverick Why there is no functioning southern African regional court and how former president Jacob Zuma’s actions contributed to the termination of the SADC Tribunal. Former president Nelson Mandela once stated that “South…

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