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.
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Has the law helped or hindered same-sex partnerships?
By Lesego Vakalisa, Legal Intern A approached our offices, seeking the pro bono assistance of an attorney regarding the estate of his deceased spouse B. Upon examining the documents provided by A, we realised that his case was an interesting one and touched on a subject that often falls through the
High conveyancing fees hold up property transactions for the poor
By Uzair Adams The transfer and registration of immovable property from a seller’s name into a purchaser’s name is not as straightforward as one may think. A property transaction is not only a lengthy and complicated process, but is costly too; and oftentimes unaffordable for the underprivileged. This proved to
A CASE OF DISAPPEARANCE
In May 1998, Mr. Jackson Taliwe disappeared on his way home after an evening with friends. On foot, he passed through an unsafe area and had to cross busy roads late at night. He was never seen again. His family, friends and the community searched for him, but their efforts
A MISSING ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICE ALMOST DESTROYS A LIFE
By Margaret Fish. Pic: Carolyn Raphaely Bowmans Attorneys and the Wits Justice Project worked on the tragic case of Dineo Kgatle, who was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated for 26 months after his electronic monitoring device (EMD) was inadvertently lost. Kgatle was convicted in 2002 on charges of
Pro Bono Attorneys provide feedback
On 30 November our Johannesburg office hosted some of the attorneys who did pro bono work for us during the year, either by taking on cases or staffing a legal clinic or help desk. The session provided useful feedback to us about constraints at some of the courts and how
Message from Erica Emdon, National Director
It is with some sadness that after eleven very special and fulfilling years at Probono.Org, I have decided to step down. These years have been incredibly rewarding and enriching and I have enjoyed so much seeing the organisation grow and blossom in front of my eyes. My time at ProBono.Org has
Top city human rights lawyer dies
Such a very tragic loss. Rudolph Jansen, human rights lawyer has passed away. ProBono.Org wishes his family and all who knew him our condolences. Article courtesy of www.iol.co.za/ Pretoria News / 27 November 2017, 07:55am / Zelda Venter. THE legal fraternity is mourning the death of human rights lawyer Rudolph Jansen, who fought against injustice on
Radio today - Women’s rights activist Lisa Vetten talks about the Dept of Social Development subsidisation of social care services
Our guest was women’s rights activist Lisa Vetten, who was talking about the Dept of Social Development subsidisation of social care services and the issues it raises in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act. While attention typically focuses on the grants (like now), much less attention is paid
Radio Today - Erica Emdon talks about the Global Forum of PILnet held in Budapest from 16-19 October 2017
Our guest was Erica Emdon and she was talking about the Global Forum of PILnet (Global Network for Public Interest Law) held in Budapest, Hungary, from 16-19 October 2017 which discussed global efforts in pro bono and public interest law. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at 18h30
We pay tribute to our pro bono legal practitioners
Welcoming the guests at the fourth annual awards ceremony, Chair of the Board Mohamed Randera explained that we approached things slightly differently this year. Instead of calling for nominations and submitting these to a judging panel in a competitive way, we chose winners from our list of over 85 legal