Category Archives: Press release

IN REMEMBRANCE OF DONNA GAIL FORTUIN

6 January 2021 IN REMEMBRANCE OF DONNA GAIL FORTUIN 1980 – 2021 It is with deep sadness that The Women’s Legal Centre and its staff report the passing of our dearest colleague and friend, Donna Gail Fortuin. Donna passed away in the early hours of 6 January 2021 at Constantiaberg Hospital in Cape Town due

The Mahlangu Case and The Recognition of Women’s Work as Work

The Mahlangu Case and The Recognition of Women’s Work as Work This judgment realises the rights of domestic workers in South Africa Cape Town, 19 November – Domestic workers in South Africa have historically been discriminated against by not having their care work recognised as work, and by being excluded from social security benefits that

Another delay, but a key concession in realising Muslim women’s rights in marriage

Another delay, but a key concession in realising Muslim women’s rights in marriage The Women’s Legal Centre is hopeful that the President and the Minister of Justice will meet their Constitutional obligations and that a resolution will be found by the end of the Court’s term next month.   Cape Town, 26 August 2020 –

The Women’s Legal Centre operational despite Covid-19

The Women’s Legal Centre operational despite Covid-19 Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc globally forcing people to stay home and contributing to the closure of businesses on an unprecedented scale. One local organisation however is not only managing to keep their doors open, but also continuing with the pioneering work that they’ve become known for. The

Levenstein (and 7 others) and Sidney Frankel

Media Release LEVENSTEIN & 7 OTHERS /SIDNEY FRANKEL & OTHERS 170/17 (CC ): PARTIES TO SEEK CONFIRMATION OF JUDGMENT THAT DECLARED PRESCRIPTION OF SEXUAL OFFENCES UNCONSTITUTIONAL On 14 November the Constitutional Court will hear the case seeking confirmation of the South Gauteng High Court judgment handed down on the 19 June by Acting Judge Hartford

President dismiss Mduduzi Manan

Media Release President dismiss Mduduzi Manana – The WLC requests President dismiss Mduduzi Manana, failing this, an urgent application will be launched before the courts. Cape Town, Wednesday 16 August 2017; The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC,) in a letter sent today to the Presidency, has requested President Jacob Zuma to dismiss Deputy Minister of Higher Education

Harnaker Matter: The Irony Of The Law In Regards To Muslim Marriages

Press Release Harnaker Matter: The Irony Of The Law In Regards To Muslim Marriages On the 14 August 2017,  Judge Le Grange of the Western Cape High Court heard an application which stemmed from an adverse administrative decision taken the Deeds Office in the exercise of its discretion conferred on it by the Deeds Registries

Why impunity must end?

Press Release Deputy Minister’s attack on women highlights why impunity must end. Tuesday 08 August 2017; The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) strongly condemns the actions of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, for allegedly assaulting two women when he became angry during a presidential debate at a private club in Fourways at

Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana

Media Release Parliament must dismiss Mr Mduduzi Manana as an MP, to send a clear message that violence against women will not be tolerated. On 19 August Mr Mduduzi Manana resigned as Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training. President Zuma accepted his resignation. This was after Mr Manana admitted publicly to physically assaulting at

Will women in customary marriages have equal right to property

Press Release Will women in customary marriages have equal right to property On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the Constitutional Court reserved judgment in confirming the Limpopo High Court’s decision in the matter of Ramuhovhi and Another v The President of the Republic of South Africa under case number CCT194/14. This case concerns the validity of