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CALS Quarterly Issue 10

- Lee-Anne Bruce

Read the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter – featuring game-changing judgments, celebrations, our brand new moot court competition and more

The social justice community has been working incredibly hard over the last few months to continue with our usual projects and adding to them many new concerns arising in light of the pandemic and lockdown. The sector has welcomed new regulations on evictions and we and our C19 People's Coalition partners have seen some huge victories through both petitions and court applications. Yet, it can feel like there is no end to the social issues we face. 

Like our friends and colleagues, we have had our share of highs and lows recently. In the last two weeks, we have joined the many people in South Africa mourning the loss of a true giant of human rights, George Bizos SC, who lived the struggle for social justice into his nineties. We have also celebrated our younger colleagues whose work and achievements have already been recognised nationally and internationally. In our project work, we have seen a ground-breaking judgment on the rights of communities to access information and others confirming government duties to supply water and ensure animal welfare. We have yet to see, however, if this will translate into change on the ground. 

Perhaps most of all, we recognise the importance of finding the next generation of human rights lawyers to bring fresh energy and ideas to this struggle. CALS has been working with student interns and volunteers who make an invaluable contribution to our work and we are now looking for two new candidate attorneys to join our team next year. Our organisation is also partnering with the Student Litigation Society to host a new Public Interest Law Moot Court Competition, the final round of which will take place on Human Rights Day next year at the Constitutional Court. If you would like to support our work directly, you can head to our brand new donations page and make a contribution or pass it on. 

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