In it we present a few highlights from our work since our last newsletter in September. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, SERI continues to embolden individuals, social movements and CBOs to use legal and research support to exercise their rights and to inform pro-poor government policy and practice.
In November, the Constitutional Court handed down a ground-breaking judgment ending the exclusion of domestic workers from the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (COIDA). Also in November, SERI represented inner-city Johannesburg residents in the Constitutional Court, challenging a part of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 that allowed for warrantless raids that were conducted on their homes. SERI also appeared before the Western Cape High Court in November on behalf of Abahlali baseMjondolo who intervened as amicus curiae in a matter challenging the City of Cape Town's use of the Anti-Land Invasion Unit to conduct unlawful evictions. In September, the Grahamstown High Court granted Yolanda Dyantyi leave to appeal on the grounds that her being denied a right to legal representation during her disciplinary hearing at Rhodes University does have merit.
We launched four case studies documenting lessons and experiences in water rights claiming in South Africa and partnered with the Water Integrity Network (WIN) to launch a report on human rights and water integrity that considers implications for informal settlement water and sanitation. Together with Lawyers for Human Rights, SERI made a submission to the Gauteng Provincial Government on its draft Township Economic Development Bill.
Download the full newsletter here.