Patrick Bracher speaks to Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights

Patrick Bracher speaks to Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights

Our guest was Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights. On 26 March the FHR launched the results of their attitudinal survey on the SA Constitution, entitled Democracy Challenged. Over 24,000 people were interviewed across all provinces on their awareness, access and attitude to human rights, democracy and the Constitution. The survey found that overall levels of awareness of the Constitution have increased from 47% in 2011 to 51% today. However, less than half of South African women have heard of the Constitution. Only 40% of the population were satisfied with the state of human rights, with Equality being the least respected right.

 

 

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Lavanya Pillay of Webber Wentzel talks about the right to freedom of expression

Lavanya Pillay of Webber Wentzel talks about the right to freedom of expression

Our guest was Lavanya Pillay of Webber Wentzel, who was talking about the right to freedom of expression. Lavanya was part of the three person Webber Wentzel team (the others were Dario Milo and Thando Khumalo) who brought an urgent applicaton on behalf of the producers to have the X18 classification of the film “Inxeba: The Wound” overturned. See the attached press release regarding the case.

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Radio today – Women’s rights activist Lisa Vetten talks about the Dept of Social Development subsidisation of social care services

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 to the services side which are being significantly eroded. Given the very high number of women employed in the social care sector the DSD’s practices also raise questions of gender equality in relation to pay.

 

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Radio Today – Erica Emdon talks about the Global Forum of PILnet held in Budapest from 16-19 October 2017

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.

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Radio Today – Sharon Ekambaram discusses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers

Radio Today – Sharon Ekambaram discusses the rights of refugees and asylum seekers

Our guest was Sharon Ekambaram, head of the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights. She was discussing the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in terms of the White Paper on International Migration and the recent announcement of new permit regulations for Zimbabweans. Join Patrick Bracher for ProBono Law on alternate Thursdays at 18h30 (GMT+2), proudly brought to you by ProBono.Org and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa. ProBono.Org actively increasing access to justice! Radio Today (@Radio2Day) broadcasts on 1485 MW (AM) in Johannesburg and countrywide on #DStv Audio Channel 869. Radio Today also streams globally on: www.1485.org.za and 1485.mobi. Radio Today! Radio that delivers!

 

Patrick Bracher with guest Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee

Patrick Bracher with guest Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee

Our guest this week was Mr Tseliso Thipanyane who is on CASAC’s Executive Committee. He will also be the CEO of the Human Rights Commission from 1 June 2017. He was talking about the proposed collapse of several of the Chapter 9 institutions into an umbrella body to be named the the South African Commission on Human Rights and Equality; whether this would ensure “avoidance of duplication of effort”; “the administrative efficiency and effective use of resources”; and “greater accessibility and co-ordinated approach to public awareness of the Bill of Rights”; and the application to extend the 7-day period for public participation and comment on the proposal.

 

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Patrick Bracher with guest Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Patrick Bracher with guest Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Our guest this week was Christine Reddell, an attorney at the Centre for Environmental Rights. Christine authored the report on the effectiveness of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) in 2016, on behalf of the Access to Information Network.

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Patrick Bracher speaks with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights

Patrick Bracher with guest Liesl Muller, head of the Statelessness Project at Lawyers for Human Rights. They discussed the right to education of migrant and undocumented children.

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Radio Today: Talking about gender rights and housing

Radio Today: Talking about gender rights and housing

Our guest was Tarisai Mugunyani. She is an attorney in the Land and Housing Unit at Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria. She was talking about gender rights and housing. LHR is providing assistance in matters involving large scale urban evictions, and the concomitant housing rights of the urban homeless. Gender discrimination in the awarding of housing rights during apartheid is perpetuated in the ULTRA programme. Tarisai has also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda.

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Pro Bono Law on Radio Today

Pro Bono Law on Radio Today

For the past nine years ProBono.Org, in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright SA (NRF), has had a half-hour slot on Radio Today every second Thursday evening. The aim of the programme is to inform the public about the Bill of Rights and to discuss broader constitutional issues. We have been fortunate to have had a wide range of expert guests from law firms, academia and civil society who have covered topics from consumer rights, children’s rights, labour and housing law.

We are particularly grateful for the fact that Patrick Bracher of NRF has been the host of this show since its inception in 2007. His knowledge of the law and the Constitution, his dedication to the programme and his ability to draw out and put our expert speakers at ease contribute enormously to the success of the show.

We would like to thank NRF for promoting the work of ProBono. Org in this way, for bearing the costs of the time that Patrick puts into the programme and the advertising costs.

Here is a sample of the guest speakers and the topics we have covered so far this year:

  • 18 February: Pierre de Vos, UCT Department of Public Law: Nkandla – what should have happened but never did.
  • 12 May: Glenn Penfold, Webber Wentzel Attorneys: The rules and principles that apply to governmental decision-making.
  • 9 June: Karabo Ozah, an attorney at the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria, discussed the importance of children’s rights and how some of the rights are currently being violated.
  • 23 June: Nikhiel Deeplal, Chair of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ): The relevance of June 16th 1976 to today’s students and whether the rights demanded then have been realised, even though they may be written into the Constitution, e.g. the right to education, the right to protest, the right of freedom and security of the person and the right to equality.
  • 4 August: Lisa Vetten from the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER): Rape and sexual harassment, with reference to the current frustrations at South African universities and other institutions around the lack of policies and procedures for reporting and dealing with complaints against alleged perpetrators.
  • 15 September: Bulelwa Mabasa, Werksmans Attorneys: Can the right to property coexist with land reform?
  • 29 September: Patrick Bracher hosts Odette Geldenhuys of Webber Wentzel, who spoke about consumer rights and in particular the recent Concourt judgment in respect of emolument attachment orders.

Radio Today is broadcast on 1485 AM, on DSTV audio channel 869, www.1485.mobi or www.1485.org.za. The show airs from 18:30 to 19:00 on alternative Thursdays. Podcasts of all our programmes can be found on the ProBono.Org Facebook page.