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Commonwealth Lawyers Association appoints Stuart Wilson as Beatrice Mtetwa trial observer (3 April 2013).

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) has appointed SERI's executive director Stuart Wilson to observe the criminal proceedings brought against Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa. On 3 April 2013, Stuart attended her appearance in the Harare Magistrates’ Court and he will be providing a full report to the CLA.

  • Read the CLA press release here.

SERI civil society roundtable on housing demand and allocation (3 April 2013).

SERI (in collaboration with the Good Governance Learning Network) hosted a roundtable discussion on 3 April 2013 in Johannesburg. The roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for SERI to present the findings of a research report entitled "'Jumping the Queue', Waiting Lists and other Myths: Perceptions and Practice around Housing Demand and Allocation in South Africa". This report was written together with the Community Law Centre (CLC), based at the University of the Western Cape, and will be published in April 2013.

Statement on behalf of the deceased miners’ families represented before the Marikana Commission (15 March 2013).

The SERI Law Clinic has been instructed to release a statement on behalf of the families of the striking miners killed by the police on 16 August 2012. The families do not accept National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s “condolences”, offered before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on 14 March 2013. They demand a full-throated apology from Commissioner Phiyega and an acknowledgement of responsibility for having killed their family members.

  • Read the press statement (15 March 2013) here and more on SERI's involvement at the Marikana Commission here.

Op-ed in the Business Day on the suppression of protest in South Africa (6 March 2013).

SERI researchers Michael Clark and Jackie Dugard published an op-ed in the Business Day entitled "State suppression of popular dissent should concern us all".The op-ed argues that "instead of recognising our failures and encouraging participation at the formal and informal levels, the government appears to be going all out to clamp down on protests and suppress growing popular dissent. This is a very worrying trend that should concern us all."

  • Read the op-ed here.

SERI discusses housing rights in South Africa on Radio Today (28 February 2013).

On 28 February 2013, SERI's executive director Stuart Wilson was featured on the ProBono Law show on Radio Today, hosted by Patrick Bracher. Stuart spoke about some latest developments in housing rights in South Africa, outlining some of the current cases in which SERI is involved.

  • Listen to the podcast of the show here.