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M v S Mbombela Magistrates Court (Equality Court).

The complainant was employed as a security guard at supermarket and was informed by her manager that she is not allowed to be a lesbian in the workplace. She was subsequently dismissed at work. The CGE brought the matter before the equality court. The matter was settled out of court and the complainant was reinstated and received three months of salary. The perpetrator was subjected to a disciplinary hearing and further attended awareness workshop on human rights.

NB: The names of the parties are withheld due to a non-disclosure agreement entered into by the CGE and the Respondent’s attorneys.

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Sb Mahlangu v Minister of labour and others  Case no: 79180/15

The CGE has been admitted as amicus in this matter. The applicant brought an application In the High Court of South Africa (Gauteng North Division) against the Minister of Labour(first respondent), DG-Department of Labour(second respondent) and  the Compensation Commissioner(third respondent) for a subsequent relief for domestic workers to claim compensation in terms of the Compensation for Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993(COIDA). Section 1 of the COIDA expressly excludes domestic workers from the ambit of its protection and the applicants are calling for the exclusion of domestic workers as discriminatory and the section itself being unconstitutional.

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Raedani v Mufunwa Inwi case no 1/2016 Thohoyandou Magistrates Court (Equality Court)

The CGE was admitted as amicus curiae in this matter. The complainant in this matter sought damages against the respondent for uttering statements during a radio interview that were derogatory and discriminatory towards the LGBTI. The matter is still on going.

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Jezile v S and Others [2015] ZAWCHC 31; 2015 (2) SACR 452 (WCC); 2016 (2) SA 62 (WCC) (as an amicus curiae)

The CGE was admitted as amicus curiae in this matter. The convict in this matter abducted a 14-year-old victims from her home in the Eastern Cape after negotiating and paying R8000,00 in lobolo to her family. He forced her to travel with him to his home. During the time that she was held against her will, he repeatedly raped and physically attacked her. The Court unequivocally pronounced that violent and coercive practices committed in accordance with “aberrant” forms of ukuthwala shall have no protection under the law. The perpertrator was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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Sebelebele v  Bokgola.  Mokerong Magistrates Court 2016 (Custody and access):

The CGE legal represented the complainant in this matter. This is a maintenance and custody matter wherein the complainant sought maintenance and custody from the father of the child. The CGE intervened and represented the Complainant at the Maintenance Court and Children’s Court respectively. The respondent was ordered to pay the sum of R 500-00 per month together with medical aid and seasonal clothes. The complainant was awarded primary care of the child subject to the respondent having access

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Women Legal Trust Centre v President of the Republic and others. Case number 22481/2014 Western Cape High Court

The CGE is admitted as amicus curiae In this matter. The matter involves the non recognition of muslim marriages in South Africa and the ongoing violation of the human rights of women in these marriages. The matter is ongoing.

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Coulson v Neethling 1/1/2-07/2013 Bellville Magistrates Court (Equality Court)

The CGE was admitted as amicus curiae in this matter. This matter involves the unfair discrimination of the LGBTI community on the grounds of the sexual orientation.

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National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others

The National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE), joined by six same sex couples and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), brought an application in the Cape Provincial Division of the High Court against the Minister, Deputy Minister and Director General of Home Affairs. The case was then referred to the Constitutional Court.

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Bhe and Others v Khayelitsha Magistrate and Others 2005 (1) SA 580 (CC) (as an amicus curiae)

The Bhe case concerned a constitutional challenge to the rule of male primogeniture as it applies in the African customary law of succession, as well as constitutional challenges to section 23 of the Black Administration Act, 38 of 1927, regulations promulgated in terms of that section and s. 1(4)(b) of the Intestate Succession Act, 81 of 1987. The Constitutional Court upheld the challenges, struck down the impugned statutory provisions and regulations, and put in place a new interim regime to govern intestate succession for black estates. Bhe and others v The Magistrate, Khayelitsha and others (Bhe) was an application for confirmation of orders of constitutional invalidity made by the Cape High Court.

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Mphela v Manamela and others case no1/2016 Seshego Magistrates Court ( Equality Court).

The CGE was admitted as amicus curiae in this matter. The complainant in this matter was unfairly discriminated by the School principal on the grounds of sexual orientation. One of the key submissions of the CGE was the need to have unisex toilets and educational programmes for teachers and learners on matters on basic human rights. The complainant was awarded R100 000.00 damages.

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