SERI has confirmed that the Constitutional Court found that Mashaba’s inner-city raids were unconstitutional and violated the residents’ right to privacy and dignity.
The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) issued a statement on Monday, 25 October 2021, on the Constitutional Court confirming that Mashaba’s inner-city raids were unconstitutional. The court found that the raiding of residents’ homes was egregious and showed no consideration for their right to privacy and dignity.
SERI confirmed that it represents residents of 11 buildings in inner-city Johannesburg that are challenging the lawfulness and constitutionality of over 20 warrantless police raids of their homes. The raids took place between June 2017 and May 2018 and were jointly conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS), Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Home Affairs and the City of Johannesburg.
The court is said to have found that the raids were also used by officials to unjustifiably violate the rights of the most vulnerable members of society and were conducted with an ulterior purpose. SERI’s attorney, Khululiwe Bhengu welcomed the judgement.
See the post below.
[PRESS STATEMENT] Constitutional Court confirms Mashaba’s inner city raids unconstitutional.
In its judgment, @ConCourtSA found that the raids of the residents’ homes were egregious & showed no consideration for their rights to privacy & dignity
— SERI (@SERI_RightsSA) October 25, 2021