SERI invites applications for the position of DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY.

SERI's director of research and advocacy is responsible for shaping and implementing SERI’s research and advocacy strategy across its three themes of work: Securing a Home, Making a Living and Expanding Political Space. The successful candidate will lead a team of researchers and will be expected to review and edit the team’s work, and ensure that research and advocacy products are delivered on time and to an acceptable quality. He or she will also be expected to develop SERI's profile and outreach with communities, media, the government and donors.

SERI is committed to transformation. Black South Africans and women are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

  • For further details, read the full job advertisement here.

The Gauteng Local Division of the High Court today dismissed an application of more than 25 students of the University of the Witwatersrand to interdict the University and restrict it from commencing its year-end examinations, and postponing examinations by at least two weeks. Their preparations had been curtailed, through no fault of their own, by recent #FeesMustFall protests on campus and the University’s response to them.

The University opposed the application, whilst conceding that the students who had brought the case were suffering from anxiety and stress. The University contended that these students could be assisted through applying for the deferral of their exams. The students felt that this would be insufficient as it entailed them vacating their university accommodation until two days before the deferred examination, and losing their right to supplementary exams should they fail.  

While we respect the court’s decision, the lack of any remedy is disheartening in light of the fact that neither the court nor the University contested the stress, anxiety and trauma which the students have experienced during this time, nor the fact that these present real restrictions on their abilities to adequately prepare for examinations.

  • Read the full press statement here.
  • Read more about the case here.

 

 

SERI is in urgent court today on behalf of students from the University of the Witwatersrand in an attempt to interdict and restrain the University from going ahead with its planned exam schedule and to postpone the commencement of exams by at least 2 weeks.

Exams were scheduled to begin on 3 November 2016, but the students argue that the situation on campus has been too volatile for any meaningful teaching and learning to take place, let alone exam preparation. They had previously met with University management to request a postponement of the exam schedule to allow for better preparation in the circumstances, but were refused.

The students allege that various searches have been put in place on campus –including the points of entry to the University and other buildings within the University. The University also introduced and implemented a campus curfew which, amongst other things, led to significantly reduced library hours and freedom of movement across the University and its residences. The atmosphere on campus has been crippling, with confrontations between protesting students and the SAPS and private security, rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades a daily reality.

  • Read more in the Business Day here.
  • Read more about the case here.

 

SERI has today filed papers in the Grahamstown High Court in the Rhodes matter.

SERI are representing three students and a collection of concerned staff members of Rhodes University in their interventions against an interim interdict granted in the Grahamstown High Court.

  • Read the heads of argument here.
  • Read more about the case here.

SERI's written submissions in Dladla, which will be heard in the Constituional Court on 16 February 2017, have been filed.

The case concerns the living conditions of the former residents of 33 Saratoga Avenue, and is crucial to giving substance to the rights of the residents of alternative accommodation provided by municipalities after an eviction, and particularly their rights to dignity, freedom and security of person, and privacy.

  • Read the residents' heads of argument here and practice note here.
  • Read more about the case here.

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