Radio 702

On June 10, 2014, John Robbie interviewed a ProBono.Org client – a 20 year old bringing a maintenance application against his father.

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Patrick Bracher (@PBracher1 @NLegal_ZA) & Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh (@LHR_SA):#Refugees.

Patrick’s expert guest was Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, the Head – Refugee and Migrants Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights.
She spoke about recent amendments in the Immigration Act regulations, and in particular how these affect refugees. She will also discuss a case heard by the Supreme
Court of Appeal recently dealing with related issues.

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Francis Antonie speaks about the Constitutional Court case being brought by the Helen Suzman Foundation and Hugh Glenister against the government and the Minster of Police

Patrick’s expert guest was Francis Antonie the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation who spoke about the the Constitutional Court case being brought by the Helen Suzman Foundation and Hugh Glenister against the government and the Minster of Police. The applications are arguing that the legislation governing the Hawks does not sufficiently shield the unit from political interference.

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@PBracher1 @NLegal_ZA with Professor Jaichand @WitsLawSchool.

Patrick’s expert guest was Professor Jaichand, Head – School of Law, University of Witwatersrand. Professor Jaichand,spoke about the restructuring of the LLB degree at Wits. It is an interesting development and has some constitutional law implications, indirectly, because, to use his words, it will assist in producing lawyers “who understand their social function and duty”. He will address this issue and his view that we are producing legal technicians rather than lawyers. He will also look at the long term consequence of this change and whether it will contribute to making real the constitutional right people have to representation, particularly the poor.

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ProBono Law (@Probono_Org): @PBracher1 @NLegal_ZA with Lwando Xaso

Patrick’s expert guest was Lwando Xaso who is a constitutional lawyer who spoke about international theories and controversies of the court review of government action.

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Ben Winks is an associate in Webber Wentzel’s dispute resolution practice group, where he specialises in media law: freedom of expression and access to information.

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Lisa Vetton spoke about about Rape Trials. She gave:
1. An assessment of whether, and when the disclosure of information – particularly the identity of the rape accused or rape complainant – is appropriate, particularly in the social media.
2. An assessment of our adversarial criminal justice system and its implications in rape trials. The manner in which the rape complainant is cross examined by the accused in an adversarial system. (the Pistorius trial example of how cross examination is used by defence lawyers!)

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@PBracher1 @NLegal_ZA with @AntonHarber; #OscarTrial #OscarPistorius; @EricaEmdon.

Professor Anton Harber talking about  TV media reporting in trials, using the example of the current case, that is debating this issue, in relation to the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Professor Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Journalism Programme at Wits University.

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Refugee Law Workshop – 12 February 2014

On the 12 February 2014 ProBono.Org held a Refugee Law Workshop at Bowman Gilfillan offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. The workshop was a success with an attendance of 27 professionals from various different law firms. Kaajal Ramajathan- Keogh, a Refugee Law expert, from Lawyers for Human Rights presented the workshop and provided an in-depth analysis on the legislation, the lived realities of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, the legal problems that they face and how attorneys can assist this vulnerable group to exercise their rights.

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