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ConCourt upholds ruling on right to protest

The Constitutional Court has upheld the Western Cape High Court's ruling declaring that Section 12(1)(a) of the Gatherings Act is unconstitutional because it limits and criminalises peaceful protests.

FILE: The Constitutional Court. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has upheld the Western Cape High Court's ruling declaring that Section 12(1)(a) of the Gatherings Act is unconstitutional because it limits and criminalises peaceful protests.

Earlier this year, the High Court overturned the conviction of 10 activists who were found guilty of convening an illegal protest in Cape Town in 2013.

The Social Justice Coalition, together with the Right2Know Campaign, approached the apex court for an amendment to the section of the Regulation of Gatherings Act.

The court has also declared the arrests and convictions of the 10 people unlawful.

The Right2Know's Thami Nkosi said: “Ours is of relief because I think it has been a long battle of nearly five years. I think the expectation was that we were going to win the case, we were very confident. Strangely, we drafted a celebratory statement yesterday.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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