A consultation with Transgender people and organisations representing them


Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

DATE: Tuesday 26 March 2019
TIME: (Registration 1:30 pm) 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Refreshments served afterwards)
VENUE: Sierra Burgers Park Hotel, 424 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Pretoria


Facilitator: Ms Rebone Tau, SALO Associate

13:30 – 14:00 Arrival and registration 14:00 – 14:05

Opening – Ambassador Astrid E. Helle, Royal Norwegian Embassy

14:05 – 14:15 Welcome address and introductions – Ms Rebone Tau, SALO Associate

14:15 – 14:30 Ms Kellyn Botha, Writer and Social Media Officer, Iranti

14:30 – 14:45 Mr Greyson Vanguard Thela, National Advocacy Officer, Gender Dynamix

14:45 – 15:15 Keynote speech: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

15:15 – 16:15 Open Discussion

16:15 – 16:25 Closing remarks and vote of thanks

SALO would like to thank
The Royal Norwegian Embassy for their direct support of this event

Public dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 11th March 2019

Venue: Leslie Social Science 2B, Upper campus, UCT

Program Director: Esihle Madyibi, SRC Social Responsiveness Co-ordinator


17H30 – 18H00: registration & refreshments

18H00 – 18H45: Presentations from panel

Opening Remarks: Marissa van Rensburg, SALO Deputy Manager

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
• Robin Lee Tobias: Chairperson, Rainbow UCT
• Simamkele Gosa: Executive member, Students for Law and Social Justice UCT

18H45 – 19H55: Open discussion

Thanks and closure: Lwazi Somya, SALO volunteer

SALO would like to thank

the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for their direct support for this event

Regional Peace and Security Issues JHB multi-stakeholder workshop -26th November 2018

Venue: Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown

Keynote Address: Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small and Medium Business Development and Chair of ANC International Relations Sub-Committee

Followed by:

Question and Answer session/Facilitated Dialogue and Discussion with additional inputs from ANC IR Subcommittee members, civil society leaders, academics and the international diplomatic community

SALO would like to thank the Royal Norwegian Embassy
for their direct support for this event.

Multi-stakeholder dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 20 Nov 2018

Date: Tuesday 20th November 2018, 9H00 – 12H00

Venue: 6 Spin Street, Cape Town CBD (near Parliament)

Click on the videos below to view SABC reports from our workshop:


Chair:  Tawanda Sachikonye, SALO

Opening Remarks:  Marissa van Rensburg, SALO

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Deputy Minister John Jeffery, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

  • Funeka Soldaat: Founder of Khayelitsha-based lesbian advocacy group, Free Gender

  • Judith Mukuna: Refugee rights activist, Scalabrini Centre

  • Prof. Tim Murithi: Head, Peacebuilding Interventions, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Concluding Remarks:

Bishop Rubin Phillip, Co-Chair: KwaZulu-Natal Social Cohesion and Moral Regeneration council; Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Natal; Former Dean of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa; Chair of the SALO board

SALO would like to thank the Royal Norwegian Embassy

for their direct support for this event


The new government of Zimbabwe has a huge challenge of making economic and political reforms in order to resolve the deep systemic challenges facing the country. Some key changes are needed in various sectors and institutions to align with calls for economic reengagement and democratisation. Whilst much attention has been placed on economic reforms, political transformation needs to receive the same level of attention for Zimbabwe to garner domestic trust and international support. The role of South Africa and the region remains crucial in Zimbabwe’s democratisation process.

This workshop focused on the kind of political and economic reforms needed and the role the region can play in Zimbabwe.


Prof Brian Raftopoulos, Director of Research and Advocacy, Solidarity Peace Trust and Research Fellow, International Studies Group, University of Free State

Dr Godfrey Kanyenze, Founding Director, Labour and Economic Development Research Institute of Zimbabwe (LEDRIZ)

Ms Thoko Matshe, Country Coordinator Southern Africa, Olof Palme International Center

Dr Ruth Murambadoro, Researcher, Centre for the Sexualities, Aids and Gender, University of Pretoria

Mr Lucian Segami, Head of International Relations, NEHAWU and SALO Board Member


Ms Molly Dhlamini, SALO Board Member



The evident love and grief of millions of Zimbabweans across political divide for their former Prime Minister, after his passing on 14 February 2018, has affirmed his standing as a towering figure in Zimbabwe’s history. Tsvangirai, a former trade unionist and leader of democratic movements, led courageously in the darkest days for those movements and lived to see the end of President Mugabe’s rule. After the military ousted Mugabe, Tsvangirai was treated with respect by the new Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the state supported his funeral.

This seminar reflected on Zimbabwe’s former Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, his passing, legacy and developments since his death.


Mr Thulasizwe Simelane, Senior Political Journalist, eNCA


Prof Brian Raftopoulos,
Director of Research and Advocacy: Solidarity Peace Trust, SALO Board member

Dr Nkululeko Sibanda,
Presidential Spokesperson, MDC Alliance

Hon Priscila Misihairabwi Mushonga,
Member of Parliament, MDC

Brian Kagoro,
Zimbabweån activist and constitutional law expert

Ms Venitia Govender,
South African Solidarity Activist and SALO Founder Member

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill – 28 June 2018

Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill

Pretoria, 28 June 2018

Keynote speaker:

Hon. John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development


On the 28th of June 2018, SALO in partnership with the Embassies of Norway and the Netherlands hosted a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill at the Sierra Burgers Park hotel in Pretoria. Stakeholders in attendance represented organisations such as Centre for Human Rights UP, Restorative Justice Centre (RJC), the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Access Chapter, Save the Children, the Embassies of Norway, Netherlands and Central African Republic. Opening remarks were made by Ambassador of Norway, Ms Trine Skymoen followed by keynote speaker, Hon. John Jeffery, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. The event was chaired by Dr Showers Mawowa.

The Ambassador of Norway, Ms Skymoen, spoke of Europe’s experience in witnessing a rise of right-wing and xenophobic rhetoric. The importance of hate crimes and speech bill is evident in the European context. She speaks of the interlinked issues of hate crime and hate speech as a rising global challenge which is somewhat a paradox considering society is becoming more accepting and diverse. Extremist movements strongly oppose diverse and inclusive societies and while being a minority, they cannot be ignored. Intolerance and hatred is not simply cured by economic progress and development. The dialogue nurtured robust and enlightening discussion surrounding the bill, but all were clear that we must stand together in fighting against hate speech and hate crimes.

Deputy Minister, John Jeffrey, gave an overview of the bill and its status, speaking to the importance of prosecuting related crimes but emphasising that the law will not be a solution to ‘unacceptably high’ levels of racism and hateful violence in South Africa. Following this, the session focused on debating the issues surrounding the bill, specifically in relation to hate speech. Right2Know raised concerns about how criminalising hate speech, could possibly criminalise freedom of expression and protest. LGBTQI activists spoke of the influence of Religious organisations who can still preach hate if it does not actively encourage violence. They state that hate crime can be directly linked to hate speech so hateful sermons can encourage violence against minorities. The bill was seen to be dealing with the branches of racism and hate rather than the roots. The RJC emphasised the importance of restorative justice and how it can prevent high levels of recidivism, something which the bill is lacking. This tied into the finals point raised on the importance of social cohesion and how we need to look at this issue from all dimensions and using all the instruments at our disposal.

Participants felt the presentation provided a good overview of the Bill and the following discussions were insightful and informative. Participants also found they were able to ask questions and voice opinions directly to the government. Going forward suggestions were made about engaging in certain topics around solutions such as social cohesion and social contract making in SA.


“What I found most useful is the information that there’s still opportunity for public consultations with prominent figures” – Geoffery Uqwauo, Center for Human Rights

“Open Dialogue with sufficient time for discussion”- Gift Kgomosotho, SAHRC

“They offer dialogue that is informative”- Stanley Thabang Malata, RHS (PM)


A discussion on the state of Human Rights in general, and gender-based violence in particular, on the occasion of the visit of Kees van Baar, Human Rights Ambassador of the Netherlands, Rochus Pronk, Head of the Human Rights Team, Geneva, and Matthijs van Eeuwen, sr. Policy officer South Africa desk, The Hague

Date: Monday 9 April 2018

Venue: 929 Diokane street, Jabavu, corner Leoatleng street, Soweto

Time:  14h30 – 16h30


Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery

Deputy President, Congress of South African Students (COSAS), Oluthando Sonjalo

SALO Senior Associate and Human Rights Activist, Rebone Tau

Chair: SALO Deputy Director, Showers Mawowa

SALO would like to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for their direct support for this event