Radio Today – Sharon Ekambaram discusses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers

Radio Today – Sharon Ekambaram discusses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers

Our guest was Sharon Ekambaram, head of the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights. She was discussing the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in terms of the White Paper on International Migration and the recent announcement of new permit regulations for Zimbabweans. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at 18h30 (GMT+2), proudly brought to you by ProBono.Org and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa. ProBono.Org actively increasing access to justice! Radio Today (@Radio2Day) broadcasts on 1485 MW (AM) in Johannesburg and countrywide on #DStv Audio Channel 869. Radio Today also streams globally on: www.1485.org.za and 1485.mobi. Radio Today! Radio that delivers!

 

Patrick Bracher with guest Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee

Patrick Bracher with guest Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee

Our guest this week was Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee. He will also be the CEO of the Human Rights Commission from 1 June 2017. He was talking about the proposed collapse of several of the Chapter 9 institutions into an umbrella body to be named the the South African Commission on Human Rights and Equality; whether this would ensure “avoidance of duplication of effort”; “the administrative efficiency and effective use of resources”; and “greater accessibility and co-ordinated approach to public awareness of the Bill of Rights”; and the application to extend the 7-day period for public participation and comment on the proposal.

 

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Patrick Bracher with guest Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Patrick Bracher with guest Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Our guest this week was Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights. Christine authored the report on the effectiveness of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in 2016, on behalf of the Access to Information Network.

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Patrick Bracher speaks with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights

Patrick Bracher with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights. They discussed the right to education of migrant and undocumented children.

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Radio Today: Talking about gender rights and housing

Radio Today: Talking about gender rights and housing

Our guest was Tarisai Mugunyani. She is an attorney in the Land and Housing Unit at Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria. She was talking about gender rights and housing. LHR is providing assistance in matters involving large scale urban evictions, and the concomitant housing rights of the urban homeless. Gender discrimination in the awarding of housing rights during apartheid is perpetuated in the ULTRA programme. Tarisai has also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda.

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Pro Bono Law on Radio Today

Pro Bono Law on Radio Today

For the past nine years ProBono.Org, in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright SA (NRF), has had a half-hour slot on Radio Today every second Thursday evening. The aim of the programme is to inform the public about the Bill of Rights and to discuss broader constitutional issues. We have been fortunate to have had a wide range of expert guests from law firms, academia and civil society who have covered topics from consumer rights, children’s rights, labour and housing law.

We are particularly grateful for the fact that Patrick Bracher of NRF has been the host of this show since its inception in 2007. His knowledge of the law and the Constitution, his dedication to the programme and his ability to draw out and put our expert speakers at ease contribute enormously to the success of the show.

We would like to thank NRF for promoting the work of ProBono. Org in this way, for bearing the costs of the time that Patrick puts into the programme and the advertising costs.

Here is a sample of the guest speakers and the topics we have covered so far this year:

  • 18 February: Pierre de Vos, UCT Department of Public Law: Nkandla – what should have happened but never did.
  • 12 May: Glenn Penfold, Webber Wentzel Attorneys: The rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making.
  • 9 June: Karabo Ozah, an attorney at the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, discussed the importance of children’s rights and how some of the rights are currently being violated.
  • 23 June: Nikhiel Deeplal, Chair of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ): The relevance of June 16th 1976 to today’s students and whether the rights demanded then have been realised, even though they may be written into the Constitution, e.g. the right to education, the right to protest, the right of freedom and security of the person and the right to equality.
  • 4 August: Lisa Vetten from the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER): Rape and sexual harassment, with reference to the current frustrations at South African universities and other institutions around the lack of policies and procedures for reporting and dealing with complaints against alleged perpetrators.
  • 15 September: Bulelwa Mabasa, Werksmans Attorneys: Can the right to property coexist with land reform?
  • 29 September: Patrick Bracher hosts Odette Geldenhuys of Webber Wentzel, who spoke about consumer rights and in particular the recent Concourt judgment in respect of emolument attachment orders.

Radio Today is broadcast on 1485 AM, on DSTV audio channel 869, www.1485.mobi or www.1485.org.za. The show airs from 18:30 to 19:00 on alternative Thursdays. Podcasts of all our programmes can be found on the ProBono.Org Facebook page.

Radio Today speaks to guest Maurice Smithers, project manager of the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia (PCAX)

Radio Today speaks to guest Maurice Smithers, project manager of the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia (PCAX)

To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, our guest for the show on 7 July will be Maurice Smithers, project manager of the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia (PCAX). The PCAX have launched a campaign against the Refugee Amendment Bill. PCAX, which consists of institutions such as Corruption Watch‚ Lawyers for Human Rights‚ Doctors Without Borders‚ the Legal Resources Centre‚ Amnesty International and others, said the Bill would ‘roll back the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees’. According to PCAX‚ under the Bill asylum-seekers will face deportation if they fail to apply for refugee status within five days. ‘In addition‚ applications for asylum will be assessed ‘to determine his or her ability to sustain himself or herself … while limiting or prohibiting him or her from working‚’ said the coalition. ‘With these campaigns we’re launching‚ we seek to preserve the dignity of people regardless of their origin or status and provide compassionate South Africans with a means of rallying to reclaim and protect our common humanity‚’ said Maurice Smithers.

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RADIO TODAY: @PBracher1 with guest, Nikhiel Deeplal


300x300_11509889In light of the 40th anniversary of the 1976 student protests, Nikhiel talks about the relevance of 16 June 1976 to today’s students and whether the rights demanded then have been realised, even though they may be written into our constitution, e.g.:
• The right to equality (section 9). Equal education for all was the slogan of the 1970s and 1980s because during those years there were only “bush” colleges for black students and apartheid schools that taught “Bantu” education to black children
• The right to freedom and security of the person (section 12). This includes the right to “be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources”
• The right to protest which is contained in section 17 and is articulated as being the right to demonstrate, picket and present petitions peacefully and unarmed. Here the issue was the right to protest peacefully without fear of violence or threat. The fact that hundreds of children were shot dead despite the march being peaceful undermined that right completely. And over the years the right to protest was curtailed even more with the vast array of state legislation including the state of emergency laws, detention without trial laws, and many others. But the question now is whether the right contained in section 17 is real or not for leaners and students
• The right to education. The Constitution provides that “everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public education institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. ..”
What is the characteristic of student protest now? Is it different? What are the issues? How do the struggles being fought for now by students relate to the struggles being fought then?
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Glenn Penfold talks about the rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making

Glenn Penfold talks about the rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making

Constitutionally speaking: Patrick Bracher hosts Glenn Penfold from Webber Wentzel. He practices in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, and wrote “Constitutional Litigation”.
Glenn talks about the rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making. This could include the principles with which public decision-making must comply (and the different types of decisions to which the various principles apply), when a public body is required to allow affected persons an opportunity to comment or make representations before it acts, and when it is possible to challenge defective decision-making.

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Constitutionally speaking: The Nkandla judgment – the gap between law and justice – 14 April 2016

Constitutionally speaking: Patrick Bracher hosts Lawson Naidoo, Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). His topic is “The Nkandla judgment – the gap between law and justice”.

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