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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25 Aug 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Challenging Limitations to the Right to Associate during Elections...

On 26 August 2018, a 26-day campaign period that culminates in the secondary elections to be held on 21 September 2018 began. It is in respect of this campaign period that an application for an interim interdict was brought in…

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19 Aug 2018 Staff Writer
Swaziland: eSwatini’s tinkhundla-based electoral system to be tested in potent...

With only about a month to polls, an eSwatini (Swaziland) political party is going to court to fight for the right of individuals running in the absolute monarchy’s unusually apolitical elections to openly and freely associate with the party of…

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25 Jul 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Eswatini: Challenging the extensive use of prerogative powers...

On 19 April 2018, the King of Swaziland publicly announced his decision to change the name of the country from the Kingdom of Swaziland to the Kingdom of Eswatini. The announcement was followed by the issuing of Legal Notice No. 80…

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03 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others...

On 27th June 2018, the High Court of Zimbabwe handed down judgment and dismissed the constitutional challenge brought in Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others. The applicant, Veritas, challenged the constitutionality of several sections of the Electoral Act…

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02 Jul 2018 Staff Writer
ZIMBABWE: CHALLENGING LIMITS ON VOTER EDUCATION...

Veritas v. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission & 2 Others SALC is providing support to Veritas, a non-profit organisation based in Zimbabwe which provides publicly accessible information on the work of the Parliament of Zimbabwe and the laws of Zimbabwe. In this…

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25 Jun 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
Botswana: Supporting amicus curiae in challenge to publication offence...

The case of Attorney General v Tsodilo Services (Pty) Ltd t/a The Sunday Standard and Outsa Mokone (Media Institute of Southern Africa-Botswana as amicus curiae), is currently pending before the Lobatse High Court in Botswana. The case concerns the constitutionality of…

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04 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
SALC in the News: It is a tragedy that Zimbabweans outside the country will not ...

Daily Maverick Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh & Gabriel Shumba On 30 May 2018, the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court in Shumba and others v Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs & others ruled that Zimbabweans outside the country could not participate in elections and…

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01 Jun 2018 Staff Writer
NEWS RELEASE: ZIMBABWE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT DISMISSES CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE T...

On May 30, 2018, The Zimbabwe Constitutional Court handed down judgment in Gabriel Shumba & Others v Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs & Others. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) together with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)…

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29 May 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IS CRITICAL TO PROTECTING PRESS FREEDOM IN AFRICA...

Published by AfricanLII on 28 May 2018 In this opinion piece, Anneke Meerkotter, Litigation Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), discusses a recent High Court of Lesotho (sitting as a Constitutional Court) judgment which declared the offence of criminal defamation…

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22 May 2018 Anneke Meerkotter
News Release: Lesotho Court declares offence of criminal defamation invalid...

Maseru, Lesotho – On Monday 21 May 2018, the Lesotho High Court (sitting as a Constitutional Court), in a unanimous judgment declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional with retrospective effect. The case of Basildon Peta v Minister of Law,…

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21 May 2018 Staff Writer
Lesotho: Challenging the offence of criminal defamation...

SALC supported a case challenging the constitutionality of the offence of criminal defamation. On 6 July 2016, Basildon Peta was charged with the crime of defamation in contravention of section 104 of the Penal Code Act. The charges related to…

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