- Abahali baseMjondolo: South African Shackdwellers' Movement, 2005-- (Durban, South Africa)
An NGO in the South African "Poor People's Alliance." The site --in English and IsiZulu-- includes an archive of news reports, photos, videos, press releases, and organizational documents. "[Begun in Durban in early 2005] in terms of the numbers of people mobilised, [it claims to be] the largest organisation of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa."
- ACCORD: African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (Durban, South Africa)
- "[Founded in 1991] The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is an international civil-society organisation working throughout Africa to bring appropriate African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on our continent."
- Conflict trends. (Online) -- Mt. Edgecombe, Durban, South Africa: ACCORD, 1998-
- African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town (Rondebosch, South Africa)
- "[Founded in 2004]...a teaching, learning and research institute which focuses on issues of gender and development on the African continent."
- Feminist Africa. (Online): a continental gender studies journal.
- All AGI research and publications
- See also: Gender Links below
- African human rights law journal. (Online) -- Pretoria, South Africa : Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, 2001-
"...publishes peer-reviewed contributions dealing with human rights related topics of relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa. The Journal appears twice a year, in March and October."
See also: Centre for Human Rights
- African Legal Information Institute -- African Human Rights Index (Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
A digital library of selected full text legal instruments (charters, protocols, judgements) from around Africa. "We help individuals, organizations, and governments build and maintain sustainable free access to law portals, and reach the people of Africa and beyond. We convene a network of 16 African LIIs - a collaborative group of organizations and individuals in Africa, dedicated to free access to law on our continent. "
- African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
"The ANCL is an association of judges, lawyers, academics, activists, NGOs, research/academic institutes and bar associations with an interest in constitutional law and constitutionalism in Africa."
--See especially: Resources
- Afrobarometer (Institute for Democracy in South Africa, Cape Town; Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Accra; and Michigan State University, Dept. of Political Science, East Lansing, Michigan)
- "An African-led series of national public attitude surveys on democracy and governance in Africa." The site includes: sample surveys, data downloads, briefings and working papers, and selected abstracts from final reports.
- --See especially: Afrobarometer on South Africa
- Alternative Information and Development Centre (2006) (Mowbray, Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Amnesty International on South Africa, 2007-- (USA)
Annual reports and news releases from AI regarding the rights of prisoners and other human rights.
- Bench Marks Foundation (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Carnegie Corporation of New York: Publications on South Africa--Search (New York)
- Centre for Civil Society, University of Natal--Durban (South Africa)
- "The Centre for Civil Society was established in the Faculty of Community and Development Disciplines in July 2001 ... committed to the following vision: strengthening the non-profit and voluntary sector by disseminating information to the sector itself, and by building networks and encouraging collaboration both within the sector and between it and researchers and teachers in Higher Education institutions around the country..."
- Views and analysis
- CCS Research Reports
- Centre for Conflict Resolution, University of Cape Town (Rondebosch, South Africa)
- The site offers general information about the research projects, other activities, and publications of the centre---online journals and reports. "[Founded in 1968, formerly Centre for Intergroup Studies] the CCR seeks to contribute towards a just peace in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa by promoting constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of conflict and the reduction of violence."
- Centre for Human Rights--University of Pretoria (South Africa)
- Centre for Rural Legal Studies (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
The website offers information about projects and contacts; plus related links. "The CRLS promotes the land and labour interests of men and women farm workers in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape through training, information dissemination, research, advocacy, legal intervention and development facilitation."
- Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- The CSVR site includes an extensive library of online reports and news on various topics relating to South African civil society, criminal justice, security, and human rights; plus a lengthy list of related web links. "[Founded in 1989] The CSVR is a multi-disciplinary South African non-governmental organisation....dedicated to making a meaningful contribution to peaceful and fundamental transformation in South Africa, and in the Southern African region."
- CSVR research and publications
- The Children's Institute (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)
- "... child policy research and advocacy in South Africa. Our activities focus on key challenges to the well-being of South Africa's children: poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS, high infant and child mortality and morbidity, violence and abuse, and limited voice."
- South African Child Gauge 2015 140 pages in PDF format
--With back issues since 2005, annual snap-shots of the status of South African children.
- All CI Publications: arranged by date, theme, author.
- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative on South Africa, 2001-2005 (New Delhi, India; London, UK; Accra, Ghana)
CHRI reports and excerpts from South African news media. "The CHRI is a non-partisan independent international non-governmental organisation. Human rights education and advocacy are at the core of all CHRI's activities, and the aims and ends of its reports and investigations."
- Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE) (Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa)
- "The CASE is an applied research NGO, working in the socio-economic, political and development fields in South Africa. Established in 1985 and operating nationally, CASE has staff members in Gauteng, the Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal. Its Board of Directors consists of representatives of NGOs, churches, and business, as well as senior academics and civil servants."
- CASE Home Page
- The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) (via South African Government Information)
In English: as adopted by the Constitutional Assembly on May 8 1996, amended October 11, 1996, and signed by President Nelson Mandela on December 10, 1996; plus links to previous constitutions of the 1990s and related information.
- DeRebus: SA Attorney's journal. (Online) -- Pretoria: DeRebus, 1998--
The online version of the monthly journal on South African legal issues, with a back issues archive; plus legal links.
- Elections in South Africa 2016 (and earlier)
- Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa--"South African election observation reports and updates--2016 and earlier (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Independent Electoral Commission Results on Municipal Elections (2016) (Centurion, South Africa)
- Independent News Online coverage of August 2016 Local Elections (Independent Online, Independent Newspapers, Ltd., Cape Town)
- News24.com on Local Government Elections 2016 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Polity.org.za on Elections 2016 (via Creamer Media, South Africa)
- Elections in 2014 and earlier
- African Studies Centre, Library, Documentation, and Information Department: "South African Elections 2014" Web Dossier, May 2014 (Leiden, The Netherlands)
- BBC News (London): Special Report "South Africa votes" (May 2014)
- Electoral Commission of South Africa (Centurion, South Africa)
- IOL News on Elections 2014 (Independent Online, Independent Newspapers, Ltd., Cape Town)
- Mail & Guardian -- Special Report: "Elections 2014: South Africa Votes" (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- News24 on Elections 2014 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Political Parties in South Africa -- Official Web Sites (via Columbia University Libraries)
- Electoral Commission of South Africa (2011): May 2011 Municipal Elections Results and some earlier results (Centurion, South Africa)
- Mail & Guardian (Online): Local Elections 2011(Johannesburg, South Africa)
- News24.com on "Local Elections 2011" (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Pambazuka News on "South Africa's 2009 National Elections: Waiting to Exhale" (April 16, 2009) (Oxford, UK; Cape Town, South Africa)
- "South African Elections 2009" Web Dossier: an online bibliography of publications and other resources on South African elections since 1994. African Studies Centre, Leiden University, Library, Documentation and Information Department (Leiden, The Netherlands)
- Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
"EISA is an independent, non-governmental organisation whose focus of concern is elections, electoral practices and the promotion of democratic governance. EISA's vision is to support the quest for sustainable democracy throughout Southern, Central, and Eastern Africa
by promoting free and fair elections and a popular appreciation of democratic principles and practices." EISA has field offices in Chad, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, and Madagascar
--11th Annual EISA Symposium 2016 -- "Current Democratic Realities in Africa: Where Are We Headed Beyond the Vote?" October 20-21, 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa
; "Concept Note"
- Freedom of Expression Institute of South Africa (Johannesburg)
- "...FXI was formed in January 1994 from a merger of two organisations involved in campaigning for freedom of expression during the apartheid years, namely the Campaign for Open Media (COM) and the Anti-Censorship Action Group (ACAG). Recently, the FXI also established the Media Defence Fund to sponsor freedom of expression court cases on behalf of media who are not able to afford the legal costs."
- FXI publications archive
- Gender Links (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- GroundUp -- Cape Town, South Africa: Community Media Trust and Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town, 2012-
[Since April 2012] "We report news that is in the public interest, with an emphasis on the human rights of vulnerable communities."
- Human Rights Institute of South Africa (Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Human Rights Watch on South Africa (New York & Washington, DC)
- HRW on South Africa: current reports and press releases
- No healing here: violence, discrimination and barriers to health for migrants in South Africa (December 2009) -- New York: HRW, 2009. 93 pages in PDF format
- Neighbors in need: Zimbabweans seeking refuge in South Africa (June 2008) -- New York: HRW, 2008. 120 pages in PDF format
- "Keep your head down": unprotected migrants in South Africa (February 2007) -- New York: HRW, 2007. 117 pages in PDF format
- Forgotten schools: right to basic education for children on farms in South Africa (June 2004) -- New York: HRW, 2004. 61 pages in PDF format
- South Africa, 2002. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2003. (Online).
- South Africa, 2001. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2002. (Online).
- Unequal protection: the state response to violent crime on South African farms (August 2001). -- New York : Human Rights Watch, 2001.
- South Africa: a question of principle, arms trade and human rights (October 2000). Human Rights Watch report (Online) ; vol. 12, no. 5(A).
- South Africa, 2000. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2001. (Online).
- South Africa, 1999. In Human Rights Watch World Report 2000.(Online).
- Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), South Africa
Current news on elections and related constitutional issues. "The new Electoral Commission was established in terms of Chapter 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Electoral Commission Act 51 of 1996. The Electoral Commission Act provides for an open and transparent process for the nomination of Electoral Commissioners in order to ensure the constitutionally guaranteed independence of the Commission."
- The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (Cape Town, South Africa)
- "The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation was launched in May 2000 and is self-consciously located in post-TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) South Africa. The Institute is committed to using the insights generated through its work in South Africa to engage in dialogue with other African countries."
- South African Reconciliation Barometer Project
"Since 2003, the IJR's Political Analysis programme has conducted [the survey]: an annual national public opinion poll that measures citizen attitudes towards reconciliation, transformation and national unity in post-apartheid South Africa...through six key indicators: human security, political culture, cross-cutting political relations, race relations, historical confrontation and dialogue."
--See: SA Reconciliation Barometer Survey 2012 | 2013 | 2014
- IJR Publications on "transitional justice" in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa
- Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria, South Africa)
- Khulumani Support Group (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- "...formed in 1995 by survivors and families of victims of the political conflict of South Africa's apartheid past. It was set up in response to the pending Truth and Reconciliation Commission by victims who felt the Commission should be used to speak out about the past to ensure that such violations never occur again."
- KSG Documents: including the TRC and subsequent actions and issues
- Voices of Boipatong June 17, 1992
"This web site contains a range of information about the Boipatong Massacre and the Boipatong community."
--Includes a list of "archival sources"
- Land Rights in South Africa
- Lawyers for Human Rights (Pretoria, South Africa)
- The website features information about LHR services and programs; plus human rights news. "Started in 1979, LHR [a non-profit NGO] rapidly achieved a proud record of fighting oppression and abuse of human rights under apartheid. LHR later helped usher in the transition to democracy through its voter education and monitoring in 1994."
- LHR Publications
- LHR on Refugee and Migrant Rights
- LegalB's South African Legislation Database Resources for Africa--Law of Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
A private law firm offers this searchable index to selected online South African legislation (historical and current), with free access to tables of contents, summaries, and unamended texts.
: For many documents, access to the full text may be obtainable only upon request from the firm.
--See also: SAFLII-Southern African Legal Information Institute
- Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Johannesburg, South Africa)
"...founded [in 2010] by a group of South Africans with experience in research, academia, policy-making and governance who saw the need to create a platform of engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa."
- The Marikana Massacre and Inquiry, 2012-2017
- Ndifuna Ukwazi (Cape Town, South Africa)
"...an activist organisation and law centre that promotes the realisation of Constitutional Rights and Social Justice – through legal, research and organising support to working class people, communities and social movements."
--See especially: Publications
: journals, special reports, advocacy briefs, etc.
- New York Law School: Twenty Years of South African Constitutionalism, November 14-16, 2014 (New York)
"This symposium seeks to generate an interdisciplinary encounter that is both wide-ranging and firmly focused on the persistent question of what law can accomplish and how."
- PAIA Civil Society Network (via South African History Archive--Freedom of Information Programme, Johannesburg, South Africa)
"...established in November 2008 in response to the need for greater collaboration and cooperation amongst organisations and individuals working to achieve a culture of openness and accountability through the effective implementation of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)
in South Africa."
--See especially: PAIA CSN Shadow Report 2014
...and earlier reports "to complement the work done by the South African Human Rights Commission in monitoring the implementation of PAIA."
- Parliamentary bulletin. (Online)--Archive. -- South Africa : African National Congress, 1997-2000.
"Parliamentary Bulletin is a briefing for ANC Parliamentarians, to inform on key policy and political campaigning issues. It is intended to be a mini-fact file, a summary of important points and a guide to the key political lines that ANC Parliamentarians should be using in their public statements, speeches, articles and press releases."
- Polity.Org.Za: Policy and Law Online News (via Creamer Media, South Africa)
SA government draft bills, bills, acts, notices, policy documents, speeches, and government policy-related news.
- Potchefstroom electronic law journal. (Online) -- Potchefstroom, South Africa: Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoër Onderwys, 1998--
Current issue and an archive of back issues. The site can be viewed in English or in Afrikaans --- most of the articles are in Afrikaans, with English language summaries.
- South Africa -- Government, Foreign Policy, and Political Parties (Compiled by Columbia University Libraries.)
- SACSIS--The South African Civil Society Information Service (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Since 2008, this site offers news analysis and commentary on human rights issues from a South African perspective.
- SERI : Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Johannesburg, South Africa)
"...a non-profit organisation providing professional and dedicated socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa. SERI conducts applied research, engages with government, advocates for policy and legal reform, facilitates civil society coordination and mobilisation, conducts popular education and training, and litigates in the public interest. The SERI Law Clinic is registered as a public interest law centre."
--See especially: Research reports
; Working papers
; and, Other publications
- South African Constitutional Assembly (via University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law)
- South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- "The SAHRC is ... [a] national institution, which derives its powers from the Constitution and the Human Rights Commission Act of 1994. The SAHRC works with government, civil society and individuals, both nationally and abroad, to fulfill its Constitutional mandate and serves as both a watchdog and a visible route through which people can access their rights."
- SAHRC "Investigation into Racism in the Media" (1998-2000)
See also, August 2000 SAHRC report (PDF format) (via Government of South Africa Online)
- "Combating Racism: A Nation in Dialogue" -- National Conference on Racism 2000, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 30 - September 2, 2000
Background reports and news, conference details, etc.
- SAHRC Annual Reports, 1998--
- South African Law Reform Commission (Pretoria)
This site provides access to information on the work of the Commission and an online library of annual reports, bulletins, issue and discussion papers, other reports and research papers.
- South African Law Resource--Bill of Rights Comparative Law Materials (2008) (Columbia University Law School, New York)
See also: SAFLII below. "This website for Bills of Rights Comparative Law Materials provides access to constitutional law cases from jurisdictions around the world. Initially, it was intended for South African jurists, as an aid to interpreting the 1996 Constitution of South Africa. The constitution provides that the Constitutional Court may consider constitutional law from legal systems throughout the world."
- SAFLII--Southern African Legal Information Institute (Braamfontein, South Africa)
This searchable database offers free access to full plain text versions of selected high court judgements and legal case reports. "...includes superior court judgments from Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our recent additions include a full consolidated collection of Uganda legislation and Lesotho caselaw. Currently in preparation: Lesotho, Zambia, Namibia and Uganda judgments, as well as Uganda subsidiary legislation."
- Southern African Migration Project (Queens University, Kingston, Canada)
- Commentaries and research reports on migration issues in Southern Africa.
- See especially: Migration Documents
- Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) (Harare, Zimbabwe)
- Transparency International South Africa (TI-SA) (Johannesburg)
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa Report of 1998, Amnesty Hearings/Decisions, and Final Release of 2003 (South Africa)
- Truth Commission Special Report (South African Broadcasting Corporation, in collaboration with The South African History Archive, Johannesburg, South Africa)
This web site offers free access to the 87 episodes of this SABC TV news series; plus a digital document archive on the TRC, including transcripts from hearings and workshops. "Broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corporation every week between 21 April 1996 and 29 March 1998, the 87-part 'Truth Commission Special Report' television series offers invaluable insights into the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission during this period."
- United Nations Struggle Against Apartheid and Beyond---Selected Documents, 1946-2012--"Documents---Collections" (African National Congress, South Africa)
Click on "Documents" and "Collections--United Nations".
Documents, chronologies, speeches by the chairs of the "UN Special Committee against Apartheid", and articles by E.S. Reddy about the UN and the international anti-apartheid movement.
- United States. Department of State: South Africa Country Report on Human Rights Practices: 1997 | 1998
1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2007 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015
2016 | 2017 | 2018
- United States. Department of State: South Africa Country Report on International Religious Freedom, 2017
- University of Cape Town, South Africa
- University of KwaZulu- Natal, Faculty of Law (Durban, South Africa)
- University of Pretoria: Centre for Human Rights (South Africa)
The web site includes information about degree programs and downloadable publications from the research centre -- journal, reports, occasional papers, etc.
- University of Witwatersrand Law School Home Page (Johannesburg, South Africa)
This site includes general information about the Law Faculty, plus: decisions and judgements of the SA Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Labour Court, Land Claims Court, and a link to the SA Law Commission web site.
- Women's Net (Johannesburg, South Africa)
General announcements on conferences and events; and internet resouces for women activists on social and economic rights, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, etc. "Women's Net aims to empower South African women to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) towards advancing women's equality. It is a dynamic source of locally generated information and discussion on gender issues."