Womens’ Day

On 14 August 2013 ProBono.Org held its 5th annual Women’s Day Focus at the Constitution Hill. The event was tremendously successful. Thanks to the gracious contribution of time provided by everyone involved, ninety one women were able to gain access to legal advice that they may not otherwise have been able to seek due to their distressed economic position.The aim of the event was to provide women with pro bono legal advice and assistance and to educate them on a relevant topic of the law. Clients began arriving for registration at around 08h30. While they waited to consult with the attorneys they had an opportunity to interact with various NGOs that were invited to publicise their services. This year the following NGos attended:

  • Sonke Gender Justice Unit
  • Legal Aid South Africa
  • The Family Life Centre (FAMSA)
  • Community Life Network
  • Blacksash

ProBono.Org’s Submission on the Legal Practice Bill

DRAFT 3
AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE PURSUANT TO DISCUSSIONS ON 13 AND 15 AUGUST 2013
NOTE TO PC:
ALL RE-NUMBERING AND CROSS REFERENCES WILL BE DEALT WITH WHEN THE BILL IS NEARING COMPLETION
NOTE TO PC:
DISCUSSIONS OF 13 AND 15 AUGUST 2013: PROPOSED INSERTIONS ARE INDICATED IN THIS MANNER AND DELETIONS ARE INDICATED WITH DOUBLE STRIKETHROUGH
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Mayelane vs Ngwenyama and Another

Introduction
[1] This case raises questions about the role that the consent of an existing wife (first wife) in a customary marriage plays in relation to the validity of her husband’s subsequent polygynous 1 customary marriages. It also deals with the manner in which the content of an applicable rule or norm of customary law should be ascertained and, if necessary, developed in a manner that gives effect to the Bill of Rights.
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Challenges within the asylum seeker and refugee process

ProBono.Org operates a Refugee Law Clinic (“Refugee Clinic”) at our offices on a weekly basis . The Refugee Clinic is staffed on a roster basis by different law firms. In a period of eight months excess of 200 refugees (often on behalf of themselves and/or a number of dependents) have sought assistance.
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Refugee Workshop – 11 April 2013

On 11 April 2013, ProBono.Org hosted a workshop in Musina in the Limpopo Province, on labour and children’s Legislation in relation to refugees and asylum seekers. The workshop, which was a consolidation workshop of the initial information session held in 30 November, 2012 on the issues of detention and deportation, focused particularly on undocumented and unaccompanied refugee minors, children’s legislation, and unfair labour practices relating to refugees.

UNHCR Presentation
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Refugees and Labour Law
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Newsletter
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