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#SJC10 UPDATE: ConCourt to deliver judgment on Monday 19 November, 10am.
On Monday 19 November 2018 the Constitutional Court will deliver judgment in the landmark #SJC10 case at 10am. The judgment will have far-reaching consequences for the right to protest in South Africa. #Right2Protest
The Constitutional Court heard the matter on 21 August 2018 after Judge Ndita ruled in the Western Cape High Court in January 2018 that section 12(1)(a) of the Regulation of Gatherings Act (RGA) was unconstitutional. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
This section of the RGA was deemed unconstitutional because it limits and criminalises peaceful protest. The judgment stated: “the limitation is not reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society, based on the values of freedom, dignity and equality”. #SJC10
The SJC, represented by @LRC_SouthAfrica, has challenged this section of the RGA to the highest court in the land because we strongly believe in the right to freely and peacefully protest as a legitimate and necessary form of political participation and engagement. #SJC10
@equal_education , the @r2kcampaign and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association joined the case as amici curiae. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
In 2013 10 SJC activists were arrested outside the Cape Town Civic Centre for contravening the RGA, as there were more than 15 people present and the organisers had failed to give notice. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
The activists had staged a peaceful protest where they chained themselves to the Cape Town Civic Centre’s railing, waiting for the Mayor to respond to their multiple attempts at engaging over inadequate sanitation in informal settlements. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
The SJC10 were arrested and have criminal records as a result of this conviction - records which have caused great stigma and difficulties in obtaining employment. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
In January 2018 Judge Ndita overturned these criminal records, yet the Minister of Police chose to appeal this judgment. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
It is deeply worrying that the State has chosen to appeal a judgment that was made in the spirit of the Constitution and in order to uphold democracy, freedom and equality. #SJC10 #Right2Protest
We trust that the Constitutional Court will uphold the High Court judgment and rule in favour of “an open and democratic society, based on the values of freedom, dignity and equality”. #SJC10 #Right2Know
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