ProBono.Org is a dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
Participation in Africa Month
By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg Intern.
As an organisation that works to protect and promote the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, ProBono.Org was invited to join a coalition of civil society organisations in planning events to celebrate Africa Day.
Given the recent xenophobic rhetoric from leaders across the political spectrum and
Durban’s Appreciation Day
Legal practitioners and stakeholders with whom we work gathered at the IIE’s Varsity College Durban North on Friday 26 April for our annual Appreciation Day event. This event is held to give recognition and thanks to legal practitioners who have made an exceptional contribution in rendering pro bono legal services
National Elections - a mediator’s perspective
By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg intern.
On 8 May 2019 South Africans went to the polls for national and provincial (general) elections for only the sixth time in the democratic Republic’s short 25 year history, and only the fifth time that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) facilitated the election process. Despite that
Welcome to Cape Town’s 2019 interns
Three interns have recently joined the Cape Town office, made possible by the generous support of the HCI Foundation.
Melissa obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2018. During her tertiary career she was a member of the Constitutional Literacy and Services Initiative (CLASI),
Welcome to our 2019 Joburg interns
We are very pleased to be able to report that our 2018 interns were all offered articles with law firms and with Legal Aid South Africa.
Here are the new intakes for 2019 together with volunteer Zandi Mahlangu. We hope they have a rewarding and interesting time with us and
Human Rights Festival 2019
By Margaret Fish
Over four days from 21 to 24 March the festival included poetry, art exhibitions, a film festival, the social forum, activism row, a music evening and We the People walks on the Sunday. In addition, there was a marquee with food stalls and a market where creatives sold
The Family House Project – forward we go!
By Tshenolo Masha
Our collaboration with Dr Maxim Bolt (University of Birmingham and the UK Social Research Council) on the Family House concept continues.
Following the launch of the Position Paper in July 2018, a public consultation was held to get feedback on the research from members of the public. The input
The importance of estate planning and having a will in place
By Naeelah Williams, Cape Town
Estate planning can be defined as planning and preparing for the transfer of a person’s assets upon death. Policies, pension funds, immovable and movable property all form part of one’s deceased estate. However, so does one’s debts and liabilities.
This article aims to amplify the significance of
Section 17 of the Consumer Protection Act, the lacuna
By Sanele Zondi, Durban Intern
The Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (“the Act”), is one of the most important pieces of legislation for the indigent. The purpose of the Act as per section 3(1) is to promote and advance the economic and social welfare of the consumer by providing the
Reflections from our Interns
We asked our interns to give us feedback on their experiences at ProBono.Org. Here is what some of them had to say:
I joined the Joburg office of ProBono.Org as an intern on 15 January 2018. I am working under the supervision of the head of the Family Law, Labour