ProBono.Org is a young, 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.
ProBono.Org teams up with Clyde & Co on behalf of a student
Article by Richard Chemaly ProBono.Org was informed of the difficulties being faced by a University of Cape Town (UCT) student, Rethabile Makoanyana, who was unable to graduate due to outstanding fees. The primary issue was that a Free State municipality had contractually agreed to pay his fees but failed to
Domestic violence, with a focus on economic abuse and the suspended warrant
Article by Swazi Malinga When one mentions the word domestic violence, the immediate picture that comes to mind is that of a battered woman covered in bruises with a swollen face. However the truth of the matter is that domestic violence does not end there. Perhaps she was threatened, intimidated and
Women’s Day Breakfast
Durban director ShamikaDwarika with EvitaBezuidenhout ProBono.Org Durban currently has 218 firms on our panel of attorneys and is signing up new firms all the time. We deal with so many attorneys, but very rarely do we have an opportunity to socialise with them. Recently, however, attorneys Garlicke
Pro Bono Attorneys needed for Master of the High Court Help Desk
Article by Neo Chokoe The Pretoria office of ProBono.Org holds a weekly legal clinic at the office of the Master of the High Court, Pretoria. The aim of this project is to give pro bono attorneys a platform to assist poor clients with issues pertaining to the administration of deceased
ProBono.Org welcomes and supports shortlisting of Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh for Public Protector
Article by Richard Chemaly. Following the Students for Law and Social Justice’s nomination of the executive director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) for the position of public protector, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is on the parliamentary shortlist for the job. ProBono.Org has worked with Ramjathan-Keogh from her days at Lawyers for Human
Ombuds for consumers and taxpayers
Article by Tshenolo Masha ProBono.Org Johannesburg hosted an attorney seminar on the services offered by the Ombud for Consumer Goods and Services and the office of the Tax Ombud on 26 July 2016 at Hogan Lovells attorneys in Sandton. Advocate Neville Melville, the Ombudsman for Consumer Goods and Services explained that
Too costly to ignore - the economic impact of gender-based violence in South Africa - KPMG Human and Social Services
It is well documented that South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. But until now what has been less well documented is the economic cost to society of these horrific and unacceptable levels of violence. This report thus represents an important contribution
Workshop at Fasken Martineau Johannesburg on after hours bail
Probono.org hosted a workshop at Fasken Martineau Johannesburg on after hours bail. We're setting up a panel of private attorneys to assist and address instances where people are detained after hours and cannot get access to legal representation, especially in instances of protest. Thanks to Adv Bilal Bodhania of Duma Nokwe
Aids Free World 2016
ProBono.Org Durban is currently staffing the #AidsFreeWorld #LegalConsultationCentre at the World Aids Conference where we are busy! Its a great place to talk with a lawyer at no cost.
Radio Today speaks to guest Maurice Smithers, project manager of the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia (PCAX)
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, our guest for the show on 7 July will be Maurice Smithers, project manager of the People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia (PCAX). The PCAX have launched a campaign against the Refugee Amendment Bill. PCAX, which consists of institutions such as Corruption Watch‚ Lawyers