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Lunch seminar on coalitions in local government

The South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy hosted a lunch seminar, together with SALGA Western Cape to discuss the issue of coalition in local government.

Dec 01, 2016

Civic Protests and Local Government in South Africa: The Civic Protests Barometer 2007 - 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Applied Constitutional Studies Laboratory (ACSL) is pleased to announce the publication of the Civic Protests Barometer (CPB).

Nov 25, 2016


The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has come under increasing criticism in recent years. Among the reasons for criticism are the declining rate and number of cases being prosecuted, and the perceived politicisation of the institution. Institutionally the NPA is in a deeply troubled state. Is the NPA in need of an oversight mechanism to oversee its decisions? Please join the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI), a project of the Dullah Omar Institute (University of the Western Cape) for an armchair discussion on the future of the NPA.

Nov 03, 2016

Jaap de Visser and Stephen Berrisford comment on Agricultural Land Bill

The Dullah Omar Institute, together with Stephen Berrisford, made a submission to the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill, 2016. The Bill seeks to regulate development activities on agricultural land in order to protect agricultural production. In essence, it forces municipalities to seek the consent of the Minister of Agriculture before approving the development of agricultural land.

Oct 31, 2016

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Punished for being poor in Africa

Every year thousands of people in Africa are arrested and detained in Africa for pettyoffences, many dating back to colonial times such as being ‘a rogue and vagabond’.

Poor people bear the brunt of the enforcement of these laws. This is a call for the removal of such laws and their discriminatory enforcement.

Thank you to the organisations that were part of the coalition for producing this clip: Open Society Foundations, Southern Africa Litigation Centre, International Commissioner of Jurists (Kenya Section), Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), African Policing and Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF), Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative at Dullah Omar Institute, Pan African Lawyers Union

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