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.

Current cases:

Swaziland: Challenging the constitutionality of the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act.
Swaziland: Challenging the constitutionality of the Suppression of Terrorism Act.

Completed 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 lawyer and editor’s arrest and detention for contempt of court.
Zambia: Defending anti-corruption activist charged with contempt of court.
Lesotho: Conduct advocacy and litigation to address unlawful arrests and military detention.

15 Oct 2020 Staff Writer
SALC Submission on Mozambique’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review...

Mozambique’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review 38th Session (May 2021) Submission by:  Southern Africa Litigation Centre  October 2020 Introduction This submission has been prepared by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC). The issues raised relate to relating to freedom of expression,…

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12 Oct 2020 Staff Writer
Statement condemning the suppression of human rights violations in Tanzania ahea...

SALC is deeply concerned about the reports of human rights violations taking place in Tanzania ahead of the upcoming general elections scheduled for 28 October 2020. Despite the fact that Tanzania’s Constitution guarantees amongst others, the right to equality, the…

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24 Aug 2020 Staff Writer
JOINT STATEMENT CONCERNING THE JUDGMENT AGAINST LAWYER BEATRICE MTETWA...

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and individuals note with grave concern the decision of the Zimbabwean Magistrates Court to disqualify Beatrice Mtetwa from continuing as defence legal counsel for journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who is currently being tried on charges of…

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19 Aug 2020 Staff Writer
SALC statement condemning the barring of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer and SAL...

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) condemns the recent barring of Zimbabwean human rights lawyer and SALC board member, Beatrice Mtetwa, from representing her client, Hopewell Chin’ono, in a bail application before a magistrate’s court in Zimbabwe. SALC’s Executive Director,…

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12 Aug 2020 Staff Writer
Joint Letter to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Tanzania...

On 07 August, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, SADC Lawyers Association and Centre for Strategic Litigation issued a letter to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Republic of Tanzania raising concerns around the recently enacted Written…

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03 Jul 2020 Staff Writer
Joint Letter to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers...

Civil Society Organisations wrote a letter to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the killing of Judge Raphael Yanyi Ovungu. Here is the English version of the letter. Here is the French version of the…

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25 Jun 2020 Staff Writer
Advertisements on the deteriorating situation of lawyers in Turkey...

The BirGün and Yeni Yaşam 24 June 2020 SALC joins 34 bar associations and lawyers' organizations to draw attention to the deteriorating situation of lawyers in Turkey in an advertisement. The English translation of the advertisement can be found here.…

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22 Jun 2020 Staff Writer
Are African nations putting policing over public health?...

On 29 May 2020, SALC's intern, Nicholas Bugeja's article titled: Are African nations putting policing over public health? was published by The Lowy Institute. In the health and epidemiological challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, countries have had little choice…

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18 Jun 2020 Amanda Shivamba
In the lead-up to Malawi’s election ‘re-run’, its Government is in free fa...

On 17 June, SALC's intern, Nicholas Bugeja's article titled " In the lead-up to Malawi's election re-run, its Government is in free fall" was published in the Independant Australia In the latest episode of Malawi’s increasingly fraught presidential election, President…

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17 Jun 2020 Amanda Shivamba
Statement Condemning the Killing of Judge Raphael Yanyi Ovungu...

SALC is concerned by the targeting and killing of Judge Raphael Yanyi Ovungu, a member of the judiciary in the DRC. We are further concerned that the police initially wrongfully reported that the death was caused by a heart attack…

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17 Jun 2020 Staff Writer
African Civil Society Call to The United States of America to Change...

In May 2020, over 1000 civil society organisations and individuals raised concerns around the structural and systemic inequality, racism, and injustice taking place in the United States. On 17 June 2020, the letter was delivered to Congress by Mooya Nyaundi…

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15 Jun 2020 Amanda Shivamba
Joint Statement on the Threats Against the Independence of Judges in Malawi...

On 15 June 2020, civil society issued a joint statement calling upon Chief Justice Hon. Andrew Nyirenda and Hon. Judge Edward Twea to continue with their functions as judicial officers, and calling on the executive branch of the government of…

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