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Suspects Arrested after Children's Home Robbery

Four men believed to be linked to several robberies at the TLC Children’s Home in Eikenhof, south of Joburg, were arrested on Tuesday after police received information from local residents.

Last Wednesday, three teenagers were abducted from the children’s home after a hijacked City of Joburg ambulance was used to gain entry onto the property.

The boys were forced into the ambulance, taken to a remote location, beaten and robbed of their possessions, including their shoes and cellphones.

Student Leader Granted Bail

The National Prosecuting Authority has accepted the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court’s decision to grant bail to University of Witwatersrand student leader Mcebo Dlamini.

“As the NPA‚ we welcome that court’s decision and we believe that we were given a fair chance to respond as the respondent in the matter and we therefore accept the ruling‚” said NPA’s spokesperson Phindi Louw on Wednesday.

She was speaking to TMG Digital outside Court 13 where Fees Must Fall leader‚ Dlamini‚ was granted R2000 bail after spending three weeks in custody.

NGO Drops Charges Against NPA

Following the withdrawal of charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation will no longer be pursuing their case against the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
 
Last week the two organisations served an urgent application to have the charges against Gordhan set aside.
 
The organisations said the charges were obviously without foundation.

Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa: Finance and Administration Officer

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a new initiative that uses litigation before national courts and the African human rights systems to advance women’s human rights and sexual rights.

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa ("ISLA") is a new initiative that uses litigation before national courts and the African human rights systems to advance women's human rights and sexual rights. 

ISLA seeks to appoint a Finance and Administration Officer, based in Johannesburg.

NGOs Slam Attacks on Judge Masipa

Several legal organisations say they are concerned by the threats and personal attacks directed at Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over the trial of blade runner, Oscar Pistorius.

The Legal Resources Centre, SECTION27, and the Centre for Child Law state that the wave of criticism directed at Masipa personally in relation to her judgment had resulted in her requiring police protection.

Legal Resources Centre: Candidate Attorneys - Durban

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is an independent, client-based, nonprofit public interest law clinic, which uses law as an instrument of justice. It works for the development of a fully democratic society based on the principle of substantive equality, by providing free legal services for the vulnerable and marginalised, including the poor, homeless, and landless people and communities of South Africa who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic and historical circumstances.

Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa: Programmes Coordinator

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is based on the belief that strategic litigation is an immensely strong tool for social change because it helps to reframe the understanding of entitlements before the law and it challenges the legal discourse on women’s rights and sexual rights. ISLA stands for the proposition that investment in local institutions and individuals is key to maximizing the impact of strategic litigation. ISLA aims to have a full staff of 18 people consisting of a litigation team as well as program support officers and lawyers.

Legal Resources Centre: Law Library Director

The Legal Resources Cen­tre (LRC) is South Africa’s largest pub­lic inter­est, human rights law clinic. Estab­lished in 1979, we use the law as an instru­ment of jus­tice for the vul­ner­a­ble and mar­gin­alised, includ­ing poor, home­less and land­less people.

The LRC has libraries in four locations, including its National Office in Johannesburg and its three regional offices in Cape Town, Durban, and Grahamstown.

The LRC seeks to appoint a Law Library Director, based at its National Office in Johannesburg.

Bill to Criminalise 'Insulting' Online Posts

The Mozambican government proposes a Bill that would criminalise SMSes, emails and other types of online posts that are considered ‘insulting’ or ‘jeopardise the security of the state’. 

Minister of science and technology, Louis Pelembe, explained that the tough penalties proposed in the Bill would ensure consumer protection and increase confidence in electronic transactions as a means of communication and provision of services.

Besides the provision on insulting content, the law would cover fraudulent access to the internet, databases and financial transactions.

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