Dullar Omar

On 26 October 2017, SERI presented its recent research findings and lead discussions with paralegals and community advice officers from the 2017 Dullar Omar School for Paralegalism. Under the theme “empowering communities for sustainable democracy”, the programme sought to develop a medium to long term education and training strategy for Community Based Paralegals.

SERI presented under the transformative constitutionalism and socio-economic rights topic. The session was led by SERI community research and advocacy officer, Edward Molopi who facilitated a session on legal and practical issues relating to evictions and relocation to alternative accommodation. This was followed up by a session led by former SERI senior researcher, Tim Fish-Hodgson and current research fellow Nthabiseng Nkhatau who facilitated sessions on informal trader’s rights with a focus traders’ rights jurisprudence and lived realities and experiences of traders, respectively. The final session on spatial mismatch and how living on the peripheries of cities and economic hubs in metro areas impacts on people’s employment prospects, creating a poverty trap, was facilitated by SERI director of research and advocacy Alana Potter.

The session and the broader programme offered participants:

  • An opportunity to engage and expand their learning on socio-economic issues and constitutional rights;
  • A space to share tools and educational materials;
  • A platform for networking and expanding referral systems;
  • Exposure to relevant and other legal instruments and
  • The space for collecting issues for further advocacy.

SERI is excited about the continued engagement with the Dullar Omar School and hopes to contribute to the paralegal training curriculum going forward.