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The applicants occupy dilapidated buildings on land owned by the Rustenburg Local Municipality. Since 2004 the municipality had been planning to develop this land. The municipality met with the residents several times to discuss the development plan and to obtain consent from the residents, but no consensus was reached. The residents refused to leave their homes and accept alternative accommodation.

The applicant Phakamile Ranelo brought a complaint before the Eastern Cape High Court against the South African Social Security Agency alleging that the State had unlawfully terminated his disability grant. South African regulations oblige the Social Security Agency to have informed Ranelo, in writing, of his approval for a disability grant, its temporary nature, and his right to appeal its temporary status. Ranelo argued he received no such prior notice, so his belief in his grant’s permanent nature was valid.

Over the last decade, the legal opportunities for claiming economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights have greatly increased in many parts of Africa. This can be seen in the growing use of litigation strategies amongst civil society, increased legal mobilisation of...

Due to the deterioration of the buildings within Schubart Park, a state-subsidized residential complex, the City stopped the water and electricity supply while 700 families were living there. Residents protested by lighting fires and throwing objects from buildings. The police removed these residents and would not allow them or any other residents from this complex to return. Negotiations occurred between the residents and the City to find temporary accommodations for the displaced residents, but no agreement was reached.

A mentally disabled woman with three children sought to set aside an eviction order from the family home obtained by her former husband. In making the eviction order, the magistrate found that the man was the registered owner of the property and the former wife and the children occupied the home after he had withdrawn his consent. The magistrate acknowledged the woman’s disability, but found that the former wife had suitable alternative accommodation available because she could move back in with her relatives (which she denied).

Today, SERI and the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand have launched a website that will allow people to experience a convening on the Marikana Commission of...

Women’s League of Abahlali baseMjondolo, part of  ESCR-Net's member Abahlali baseMjondolo, delivered the following statement on the occasion of Women's Day.

The Abahlali Women's...

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South Africa
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Women & ESCR
Social Movements & Grassroots Groups
Economic Policy
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SERI and the LRC, who represent the families of the 37 mineworkers killed at Marikana on August 2012, issued a press statement regarding the publication of the Marikana Commission report

Thirty-three members and allies from seventeen countries attended the gathering in Johannesburg, South Africa