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SALC in the News: Philanthropy, Civil Society and Litigation – without these our democracy could truly be captured

Article credit: Daily Maverick There have recently been a number of high profile court cases brought by civil society organisations that have tested our Constitution and ensured that government functions within our constitutional framework. Such cases relating to our human rights were, in the past, often brought by individuals or…
Staff Writer
8 May 2017
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

SALC in the news: SA risks exchanging one flawed system for another if it leaves ICC

Article Credit: Business Day There are many challenges with the proposed African court, including immunity for sitting heads of state. Calls for an “African court for African people” are continuing after the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria in February that SA’s notice of withdrawal to the International Criminal Court…
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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: SALC LOOKS BACK ON KEY DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENGES IN 2016

Every year, on 10 December, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day – the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The celebrations recognise the commitment by nations in the world to uphold human rights, and serve as a…
Staff Writer
9 Dec 2016
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

SALC IN THE NEWS-ICC EXIT: IT’S THE ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO WILL SUFFER

Johannesburg – The government’s decision to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) has dominated headlines. This short-sighted move has received warranted condemnation as it shows little regard for the victims of international crimes or the constitution. What is most concerning is that this decision also shows a lack of understanding…
Staff Writer
30 Oct 2016
Articles and OpinionsInternational Criminal JusticeNewsSouth Africa

AN APARTHEID MURDER RECKONING (PART III): PW BOTHA’S ‘REALM OF CRIMINALITY’, LEGAL COSTS AND NOKUTHULA SIMELANE

In the first apartheid-era political murder trial to take place in South Africa since 2007, the defence is facing a dilemma so absurd it reads like a Joseph Heller novel. Why should a post-apartheid democratic state have to foot the (very substantial) legal costs of Security Branch police officers accused…
Staff Writer
5 Sep 2016