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Media Statement – CASAC urges utmost caution 18 October 2017

Army on the streets should be a measure of absolute last resort.

“We are not there yet”.

CASAC is concerned by the recent statement by the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula, proposing that the SANDF be deployed to combat crime in areas in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

Speaking from Cape Town, CASAC Executive Secretary Lawson Naidoo said:

“We believe that such a knee-jerk response to the scourge of crime, particularly violent and organised crime, is misplaced and probably misguided”.

South Africa requires a more thoughtful, holistic approach that acknowledges the failure of the SAPS to fight crime and to protect people. Such an approach must take into account the socio-economic challenges that we continue to confront.

For full statement click here

CASAC Commissions a Legal Opinion on the Restraint of Protest in or Near University Campuses

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has commissioned a legal opinion from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) on the restraint of protest in or near university campuses. In recent years, there has notably been an increase in protest action across all universities in South Africa.

Section 17 of the Constitution which specifies that “Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions”, is assessed against the apparent conflict with property rights on university campuses and the subsequent use of interdicts and force in restraining these protests.

The opinion is further aimed at addressing the constitutional rights to the freedom of expression, bodily integrity and the rights of detained and arrested persons. The legal opinion has also taken cognisance of the legal judgments dealing with the right to protest.

To read the full legal opinion click here