On Behalf of EE, the EELC filed an urgent application against the City of Cape Town following their purported refusal of permission under the Regulation of Gatherings Act for an Equal Education Human Rights Day march in Khayelitsha. EE had previously held large marches on Human Rights Day in 2010 and 2011. As Human Rights Day holds such strong significance in South Africa, EE argued that the right to peaceful protest to highlight matters impacting the advancement of human rights must be protected. The South African Police Services and the City must plan its resources accordingly, with a view to ensuring that it can promote, protect, advance and enforce human rights. This march was aimed at bringing attention to EE’s campaign for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure.
After the urgent application was filed, the City agreed that it would not prevent the march.