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.

On-going cases:

Lesotho: Conduct advocacy and litigation to address unlawful arrests and military detention.

Precedent 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 the constitutionality of the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act.
Swaziland: Challenging the constitutionality of the Suppression of Terrorism Act.
Swaziland: Challenging lawyer and editor’s arrest and detention for contempt of court.

23 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE MUST INVESTIGATE ‘ZIMBWABWE TORTURE’...

BBC News Africa South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has upheld an order for police to investigate Zimbabwean officials over allegations they tortured opposition figures in 2007. Under international law, South Africa had a duty to investigate crimes against humanity,…

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21 Nov 2017 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: CIVIL SOCIETY GROUP (COALITION FOR AN EFFECTIVE SADC TRIBUNAL) MOURNS...

About the SADC Tribunal - Civil society slam states for suspending the Tribunal On what what was supposed to be the 12th Anniversary of the SAC Tribunal, SALC and civil society partners, members of SADC Tribunal Coalition, express serious concern about the suspension of the Tribunal.…

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31 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
SIDE EVENT ON THE MARGINS OF THE 61ST ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ACHPR...

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Commission) has recognised that the declassification and decriminalisation of petty offences is an important human rights issue. A Side Event on the Margins of the 61ST Ordinary Session of the ACHPR has…

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25 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
LAUNCH OF REPORT ON ANGOLA JUSTICE SECTOR AND DISCUSSIONS ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE I...

On 4 November 2017, there will be a launch of report on the justice sector of Angola. The discussion will be on Regional perspectives on access to justice, Domestic perspectives on access to justice: Reflections on progress and challenges in…

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24 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
STATEMENT: PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF TANZANIA...

We call on the Government of Tanzania to Respect, Promote and Protect Legal Practitioners and Human Rights Defenders From All Forms Of Threats, Harassment And Intimidation Human rights defenders standing in solidarity with the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network…

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18 Oct 2017 Staff Writer
SALC IN THE NEWS: POLICING OF PETTY OFFENCES...

The Nation Victor Mhango and Anneke Meerkotter In January 2017, the Malawi High Court, in the case of Mayeso Gwanda, made a finding that would have reverberations throughout Africa. It ruled that section 184(1)(c) of the Penal Code is unconstitutional.…

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