Dialogue on Mandela the Lawyer
In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), ProBono.Org held a dialogue on Nelson Mandela the legal practitioner on 11 October to mark the centenary of Madiba’s birth.
The conversation was the first of several planned to start a conversation about the importance of pro bono work and the ethics and
Defamation via social media – rights vs responsibilities
By Uzair Adams
Social media platforms have become an increasingly convenient and instant means of communication across the globe. However, easy access to Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, amongst others, does not come without drawbacks, particularly relating to matters of defamation.
Defamation via social media has been the bone of contention of
Child abduction – the new scourge of the nation
By Courtney Cupido, Cape Town intern.
According to a recent Eye Witness News report, there have been at least 13 reported cases of child abduction and attempted kidnappings in communities across the Western Cape since 8 August 2018. The motives for these abductions may vary from forced child labour, financial
By Elsabe Steenhuisen.
In short, the answer is “yes”. The reasoning, with reference to case law, follows below.
1. What does the Common Law state?
The Common Law position is that children below the age of seven are infans and cannot act. A curator or a guardian has to act on behalf of
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
Life Esidimeni – lessons on the importance of health checks for NGOs
By Tshenolo Masha
The appalling and unnecessary loss of life resulting from the Life Esidimeni tragedy has cast a spotlight on the many inefficiencies within our health system. It was however the lack of governance and legal advice in the NGOs involved that highlights the need for pro bono assistance
Mandatory Pro Bono or Not?
By Erica Emdon
I recently attended the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) annual conference in Washington DC. This conference, convened every year by the PBI, a United States based NGO that promotes pro bono, is a gathering of NGOs, law firms, pro bono lawyers, justice officials and bar associations (similar to
When can an employer be held liable for an employee’s injuries?
By Swazi Malinga
When Mr A contacted our offices he was convinced that he had a claim against his employer for the injuries he sustained and, further, that he had a case of unfair labour practice against his employer. Mr A was employed by a company named B as a
Home Affairs names and shames SA’s abandoned children
Article published on the Daily Maverick, 18 OCT 2016 01:00 (SOUTH AFRICA), by ROBYN WOLFSON VORSTER.
Child abandonment is a scourge in South Africa. As numbers soar, the battle is on to ensure that abandonment does not permanently define the lives of survivors. But those efforts are being severely hampered by
A first-hand account of a “messy“ case
by Nolia Langa, legal intern.
When clients approach you for legal assistance, many times they present their version of the events in emotionally loaded ways, requiring you to sift through it, seeking out the most relevant facts - the facta probanda and the facta probantia. One is often faced with a