Author: Adv Nadene Badenhorst

Concourt decision in Qwelane: implications for religious speech

Adcocate Nadene Badenhorst legal counsel to Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) unpacks the implications for religious speech arising from the recent ‘Qwelane judgment’ in the Constitutional Court On July 30 the Constitutional Court handed down a unanimous judgment in the controversial and long-awaited case of Jon Qwelane versus the SA Human […]

Government does not want to regulate religion, will ‘look carefully’ at PEPUDA bill, says Deputy Minister of Justice

.Originally published in FORSA.org.za Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) requested (and was granted) an opportunity to meet with the Deputy Minister of Justice, John Jeffery, to discuss the religious community’s concerns regarding the PEPUDA Amendment Bill. The virtual meeting, which took place yesterday, follows the unprecedented opposition from South Africa’s religious community to the […]

Call to comment on bill that could force marriage officers to solemnise marriages against their beliefs

Confusion arising from two related but separate processes The Department of Home Affairs has published a draft Marriage Policy for South Africa, for public comment by no later than June 30. The purpose of the policy, the first of its kind in a democratic South Africa, is to “establish a policy foundation […]

WATCH: FOR SA highlights potential threat to rights of religious marriage officers

By Advocate Nadene Badenhorst, legal counsel for Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) was tasked by the Minister of Home Affairs with investigating the possibility of a single marriage statute, regulating all the different kinds of marriages in South Africa. The SALRC has now released a discussion […]

Transgender activists trying to ‘cancel’ doctor for presenting alternative medical viewpoint

Transgender activists have lodged complaints with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and University of Cape Town (UCT), to investigate and sanction Dr Sybrand de Vaal, a medical doctor, for allegedly “promoting harmful psychiatric practices with respect to trans (including non-binary) children.” In addition, a Petition to “Protect Trans […]

Potentially dangerous case for faith-based independent schools — Adv Nadene Badenhorst

A potentially dangerous case that could have major ramifications for all faith-based independent schools (whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.) has been instituted in the Equality Court of the Johannesburg High Court. The case concerns Christian Life Private School, an independent school subscribing to Christian beliefs and values in Johannesburg. The […]

Same-sex couple enters fray, wants R2m from Beloftebos

The unfair discrimination case instituted against Beloftebos wedding venue by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has intensified after another same-sex couple filed legal papers against Beloftebos, seeking R2 million in damages for the impairment of their dignity and pain and suffering. In their application, Sasha-Lee Heekes and Megan […]

Religious community hopes president will appoint suitable CRL commissioners

By Adv Nadene L Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA With relations between the CRL Rights Commission (CRL) and the religious community in South Africa severely strained, the religious sector is hoping that President Ramaphosa will carefully consider who he appoints to serve on the commission for the next five […]