The Criminal Injustice System : Gatherings in Law and Practice

Co-organisers:

SERI (Thapelo Tselapedi)

CALS (Kathleen Hardy)

 Facilitator:

Simon Delaney

 Panelists:

Teboho Mosikili (SERI) – A background to the Regulation of Gatherings Act (RGA) and difficulties identified with the RGA.

Dale McKinley – The right to protest and the police response (Marikana and Makause).

Kathleen Hardy (CALS) – The Marikana women’s march: An example of the RGA in practice.

Description:

This panel will explore the rising phenomenon of local protests and unprotected strikes in South Africa. It will focus on the State’s response to gatherings under the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 205 of 1993, as well as how this translates in practice. Particular focus will be paid to the response of local authorities and the South African Police service (SAPS) to “illegal” gatherings and the law.

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