Quote of the week

Excluding refugees from the right to work as private security providers simply because they are refugees will inevitably foster a climate of xenophobia which will be harmful to refugees and inconsistent with the overall vision of our Constitution. As a group that is by definition vulnerable, the impact of discrimination of this sort can be damaging in a significant way. In reaching this conclusion it is important to bear in mind that it is not only the social stigma which may result from such discrimination, but also the material impact that it may have on refugees.

Mokgoro J and O’Regan J (dissenting)
Union of Refugee Women and Others v Director, Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority and Others (CCT 39/06) [2006] ZACC 23
23 August 2010

Access to Justice Week: Invitation

In commemoration of women’s month, the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development in the Western Cape has partnered with the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL), BLA (Black Lawyers’ Association) and SAWLA (South African Women Lawyers’ Association) to plan this year’s Access to Justice Week, which will take place from 20-25 September 2010.

The following activities have been identified for the Access to Justice week:

a) Rendering of practical court assistance (20 and 21 September 2010);b) Educational seminar workshops (22 and 23 September 2010); andc) Offering of Legal Advice for the members of the public at Advice offices which will take place across the Western Cape region on 24 and 25 September 2010.

With regard to the first activity, the following courts have been identified:

Civil section- Cape Town Court;Family Law section- Maynard Plaza- Wynberg;Family Law section Bhorat Centre-Athlone;Family Law section- Philippi Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Office;Family Law section-Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Worcester Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- Atlantis Magistrate’s office;Family Law section- George Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Thembalethu); andFamily Law section- Paarl Magistrate’s office (targeting community of Mbekweni).

If you wish to participate in the above activities (by offering legal assistance, advice or training), please contact Carnietta Davidson and/or Matilda Smith (Nadel Western Cape Exec members) who are co-ordinating the activities on behalf of Nadel.  Their contact details:

Carnietta Davidson: Email: carnietta@cybersmart.co.za; carnietta@live.co.za / Ph: 021 6805338.

Matilda Smith: Email: Matilda.Smith@uct.ac.za / Ph: 021 6504023.

Please copy me in your emails to Carnietta and/or Matilda.

Warm regards,

Waheeda

“Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo!

You strike a woman, you strike a rock!”

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