South Africa

Worrying trends: Vilification of CSOs and killings of HRDs

CSOs jointly condemned the public vilification of the Helen Suzman Foundation by the Home Affairs Minister; non-profit law firm vilified for representing local community in court; grassroots movement Abahlali baseMjondolo's members killed in targeted attacks; Land Rights and Woman Human Rights Defender Gunned down; High Court declares protest levy fees unconstitutional ; Read more

Worrying trends: Vilification of CSOs and killings of HRDs

Anti-xenophobia protest banned, court issues progressive judgment on expression

Anti-Xenophobia protest banned in Johannesburg, Power outages spark protests in KwaZulu-Natal, Supreme Court of Appeal hands down progressive judgment on the right to freedom of expression, Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 comes into effect, Read more

Anti-xenophobia protest banned, court issues progressive judgment on expression

Highest number of protests recorded, whistle blower and trade unionist killed

increasing waves of protest action recorded as country reaches all time high; residents of Middleburg take to the streets to denounce new tariff hikes; protesters gather outside the East London Magistrate’s Court where the bail hearing of Alutha Pasile, a man believed to have brutally murdered 23 year old Nosicelo Mtebeni, was being held; protesters under the #CodeRed Feminist movement took to the streets in various cities across the country and gathered in key national buildings including Constitution Hill and the Union Buildings to demand a Universal Basic Income Grant among other demands; Malibongwe Mdazo, an organiser of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), publicly gunned down; Read more

Highest number of protests recorded, whistle blower and trade unionist killed

Protest action results in arrests, looting and killing

South African’s former president, Jacob Zuma was charged with Contempt of Court by the Constitutional Court after his failure to be available before a commission of enquiry to assess on whether the president was corrupt and expended state funds recklessly during his term of office. The sentence was imposed to Zuma on the 29th of June 2021 and he was to surrender himself to the officials by the 4th of July .The court explicitly highlighted that the failure of the Minister of Police and the Police Commissioner to execute his arrest will lead the officials to be in contempt of court if he was not arrested by the due date. Jacob Zuma turned himself in and was charged with a 15 month sentence for contempt of court and the arrest has tested South Africa’s post-apartheid rule of law status. The arrest of President Zuma has triggered a discontentment among South Africans especially those from the Kwazulu Natal province which is Zuma’s provincial home. Read more

Protest action results in arrests, looting and killing

One person killed by police during student protest

A bystander shot dead by police as they dispersed a protest by students from Wits University who were demonstrating in Braamfontein, Johannesburg; protesters demonstrate against beauty store's racist advertisement Read more

One person killed by police during student protest

Protests documented amid COVID-19 restrictions

Security forces accused of abuses and using disproportionate force while enforcing lockdown measures; As the economic effects of the lockdown began to be felt by citizens, several protests were reported in cities across the country; service delivery protests also documented as residents of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, protest to demand better toilet facilities; Zimbabweans in South Africa protest at their embassy in Pretoria to denounce rights violations and declining economy back home; #PutSouthAfricaFirst protest held in September Read more

Protests documented amid COVID-19 restrictions

Groups protest unemployment and low wages, as CSO faults regulations on COVID-19 disinformation

Residents of Botshabelo in the Free State province protest the high rate of unemployment in the township, and call for the eradication of informal ablution systems in the area; Hospital workers at Entabeni hospital went on strike to demand a wage increase; CPJ expresseS concern about newly published regulations which criminalise disinformation about the corona virus Read more

Groups protest unemployment and low wages, as CSO faults regulations on COVID-19 disinformation

Protesters march against gender based violence

Protesters in Cape town marched outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum was happening to protest against gender based violence. In Johannesburg, women gathered and protested in the streets of Johannesburg following the release of the South African Police Service's (SAPS) crime statistics, which revealed that 2 771 women had been murdered in the past fiscal year. Residents of Henley Village in Pietermaritzburg took to the streets to protest against water scarcity, Read more

Protesters march against gender based violence

Protests erupt over increased insecurity and cost of living

Protestors take to the street to demonstrate against growing insecurity and increased cost of living Read more

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Protests erupt over increased insecurity and cost of living

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR

Coalition of African Lesbiansis stripped of its observer status at the African Commission, under instructions from the AU, while several marches and protests are reported during this period. Read more

Thousands participate in the Women's march, while LGBTIQ group loses observer status with the ACHPR