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[PUBLICATION] SERI publishes new publication on eviction applications in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate's Court and their compliance with the law (23 March 2022).

Mag court COVEROn Wednesday, 23 March 2022, SERI launches the first output in its Evictions Research Series, Just and Equitable?. The series is concerned with the way in which the courts adjudicated evictions in the Johannesburg inner city between 2013 and 2018. It aims to review the courts’ implementation of relevant legislation (such as Section 26(3) of the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998 (the PIE Act)) and case law. In addition, the series maps the spatial distribution of evictions to highlight any wards in the inner city that face particular vulnerability.

The first research report in the series is entitled An analysis of eviction cases in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court and their compliance with the law. It analyses eviction cases in 12 wards in the inner city of Johannesburg and its immediate periphery litigated at the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court between 2013 and 2018 and asks whether eviction applications have been examined through the just and equitable lens, as the legislation requires.  

Even with a relatively small sample, the report makes important findings about: the extent to which evictions law is being followed in the adjudication of cases; whether consideration is being given to the personal circumstances of those being evicted and potential homelessness that might ensue; the reasons why people are being evicted; and the legal representation of respondents. The findings illustrate that a more hands-on approach from the judiciary in adjudicating eviction applications is essential to ensure that the legal protections from arbitrary evictions offered to the poor and vulnerable are realised.

  • Download An analysis of eviction cases in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court and their compliance with the law here.

[BOOK LAUNCH] Jacana to launch 'Marikana: A People’s History' by Julian Brown (18 March 2022).


On Wednesday, 23 March 2022, Jacana media will host a virtual launch for a new book by Julian Brown entitled "Marikana: A People’s History". The book comes as this year marks 10 years since the Marikana massacre. The online launch will consist of a conversation between Julian Brown and SERI's Nomzamo Zondo, moderated by Amandla.mobi's Koketso Moeti.

The book is the first that tells the story of Marikana from the perspective of the striking miners themselves. The book locates the strike within the context of South Africa's history of racial and economic exclusion and tells the story of how the strike unfolded by drawing from interviews with the striking mineworkers and their families. The book also provides an analysis of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, from a perspective that centres the mineworkers and their experiences. 

"The Marikana families have long awaited a story which reflects their lives before and after the massacre with honesty and depth. This is that story" - Nomzamo Zondo

[ADVOCACY] SERI's Nomzamo Zondo participates in webinar on media coverage of commissions of inquiry in South Africa (15 March 2022).

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In February, SERI’s Nomzamo Zondo participated in a webinar panel discussion on media coverage of commissions in South Africa. The webinar was the last in the webinar series entitled ‘Reporting the Courts’ jointly hosted by the South African Editors Forum and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Nomzamo spoke alongside Bongiwe Gambu (spokesperson for the Jiba Commission); Erin Bates (legal writer for the Business Day) and Advocate Paul Pretorius (State Capture Commission). The aim of the webinar series was to accompany the relaunch of the Reporting the Courts Manual.

Nomzamo reflected on SERI's experience of participating in the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, representing the families of the miners killed. In her inputs, Nomzamo discussed the importance of ensuring that the public is kept abreast of developments in Commissions to ensure greater public scrutiny, transparency and to justify the use of public funds. For example, the Marikana Commission of Inquiry cost the public R153 million. She emphasised the need for media coverage of commissions to centre victims in any ongoing investigations and reporting and to keep victims on the public agenda. Nomzamo also discussed the importance of adopting a 'long-haul' approach and for media houses to invest in consistent attendance by journalists and not just the attendance of headlining testimony, to build vast public knowledge of the range of matters considered by a particular Commission. She argued that consistent attendance helps to create trust and build relationships with victims groups. 

[WORKSHOP] SERI hosts a three-day workshop for the Inner City Federation on eviction law (15 March 2022).

ICF Workshop

On 21 – 23 February, SERI hosted a paralegal workshop for the Inner City Federation on eviction law and rights. The workshop was attended by 15 members and leaders of the ICF. The three day workshop sought to train ICF leaders on the use of the law in defending socio-economic rights, educate participants on PIE rights and how to assist others to resist illegal evictions in the inner city and educate participants on the court process and drafting court papers. 

The ICF is a coalition of low-income tenants and unlawful occupiers in inner city Johannesburg, who have either been forcibly evicted or live under the threat of eviction. Since it’s formation in 2015, number of tenants and unlawful occupiers who are affiliated with the ICF has grown to include over 50 buildings

The three-day workshop provided participants with practical examples of defending against an illegal eviction, equipped them with the basics of representing themselves in court and guided them on how to draft various court papers. 

[WORKSHOP] SERI hosts a workshop on assisting domestic workers to claim from the Compensation Fund (15 March 2022).

On 22 February 2022, SERI hosted a workshop on “Assisting domestic workers to claim from the Compensation Fund”. The workshop was attended by 8 case managers from South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU), United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA) and Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance. 

Domestic workers have been included in Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA) since 19 November 2020 when the Constitutional Court handed down an order in Mahlangu v Minister of Labour, declaring the constitutional invalidity of section 1(xix)(v) of  COIDA which excluded domestic workers employed in private households from the definition of "employee", precluding them from claiming from the Compensation Fund for work-related injuries, illnesses or death. The Court also ruled that the order of constitutional invalidity is to have immediate and retrospective effect from 27 April 1994, which means that those domestic workers and dependants who have experienced work-related injuries, diseases or death as far back as 27 April 1994 are also able to submit their claims.

The purpose of the workshop was to build understanding around COIDA, the claiming process and to identify the steps needed to be taken when assisting domestic workers with their claims. The workshop began with a presentation on COIDA, what constitutes an occupational injury, who can lodge a claim and the implications of the Mahlangu judgment by SERI candidate attorney, Tebogo Tshehlo, followed by a step by step overview of the claiming process by SERI researcher Kelebogile Khunou and SERI candidate attorney Asenati Tukela. Throughout the workshop the domestic worker representatives presented active cases and shared their experiences assisting domestic workers with COIDA claims. SERI senior attorney Thulani Nkosi, who has been involved in the Mahlangu case since its inception and has been involved in the processing of Ms Sylvia Mahlangu’s retrospective claim, shared his own experience and led the question and answer portions of the workshop. 

The joint experiences of the respective organisations highlighted several issues in implementing the Mahlangujudgment: 

  • The need for awareness campaigns on the inclusion of domestic workers in COIDA for the general public.
  • The need for workshops for domestic workers to understand COIDA, the benefits and the claiming process.
  • The challenges related to processing of retrospective claims, where an employer is untraceable and where supporting documents cannot be found. 

At the end of the workshop all the participants expressed that their understanding of COIDA, the Mahlangujudgment, and the steps they need to take to assist a domestic worker with a potential claim, had advanced significantly. 


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