This is SERI’s final newsletter for 2021. In it we present a few highlights from our work since the August newsletter which covered the May to August period. In it, we present a few highlights from our work in the four-month period (September to December) since our last newsletter in August, which covered the May to August period.
In November, SERI welcomed a Constitutional Court judgment declaring warrantless searches invalid, effectively ending intrusive raids targeting poor people. The apex court’s judgment confirmed an earlier judgment by the Johannesburg High Court declaring section 13(7)(c) of the South African Police Services Act 68 of 1995 (the SAPS Act) constitutionally invalid. In November, we also commemorated the 1st anniversary of the Mahlangu judgment compelling the inclusion of domestic workers in legislation aimed at protecting workers.
In October and November, SERI appeared before the Western Cape High Court on behalf of Abahlali baseMjondolo who intervened as amicus curiae in an ongoing matter challenging the City of Cape Town's use of the Anti-Land Invasion Unit to conduct unlawful evictions. In October, we participated in the 2021 Public Interest Law Gathering.
In September, SERI represented 107 Midrand waste reclaimers in their opposition to an eviction that would render them homeless and without the ability to make a decent living. We also participated in a webinar on the memorialisation of the Marikana Massacre.