On 18 July 2018, SERI filed an application for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court on behalf of Makause informal settlement resident, General Moyo.

This case emanates from a criminal charge laid against Moyo and two other activists from the Makause Community Development Forum (Macodefo), a community-based organisation in Makause informal settlement, following attempts by him and other residents to hold a march against police brutality in Primrose, Germiston in 2012. He was charged with “intimidating” the Station Commander of the Primrose Police Station in Germiston, in terms of section 1(1)(b) of the Intimidation Act 72 of 1982. Moyo, with the assistance of SERI, seeks to have sections 1(1)(b) and 1(2) of the Intimidation Act declared unconstitutional and invalid because it has the effect of criminalising a wide range of expression protected by the right of freedom of expression enshrined in section 16(1) of the Constitution. His trial in the Germiston Regional Magistrates’ Court has been postponed until this challenge is finally determined.

In the application for leave to appeal, Moyo argues that the majority judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that found section 1(1)(b) of the Intimidation Act was constitutionally compliant is incorrect because the judges misconstrued the purpose and effect of this section in historical context and that the judges applied an interpretation to section 1(1)(b) that "it cannot reasonably bear". This, Moyo argues, indicates that the SCA should have declared section 1(1)(b) unconstitutional as it is "plainly inconsistent with the Constitution".

  • Read Moyo's application for leave to appeal (18 July 2018) here and founding affidavit (18 July 2018) here.
  • Read more about the case here.
  • Read more about Makause informal settlement and Macodefo here.