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South African vagrancy laws hark back to colonial times and violate human rights
15 Dec 2020 | by Abdirahman Maalim Gossar | African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)

In a watershed judgment, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled that vague, outdated colonial-era laws, like those that outlaw being idle or disorderly, are a violation of human rights as embodied in the African Charter.

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Public Space and Urban Safety
20 Oct 2020 | by Siphelele Ngobese | South African Cities Network| South African Cities Network (SACN), Thomas Hellmann | GIZ South Africa| GIZ

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, South Africa has had one of the strictest lockdowns worldwide, restricting movements significantly and citizens were only allowed to leave home for essential services like shopping and doctors’ visits. Public Spaces are abandoned areas during this time. However, social inequality and the imbalance of opportunities remain apparent - maybe more than ever before.

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