Centre for Environmental Rights
Defending South Africans’ Constitutional right to a healthy environment
The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) is a non-profit environmental rights law clinic that helps communities to defend their Constitutional right to a healthy environment. Its attorneys use the law to strengthen the voices of communities affected by environmental injustice, pollution and mining, and to hold companies and the state to account for environmental degradation.
Lawyers against Abuse: Sexual Violence Workshop Series
Lawyers against Abuse (LvA) is a non-profit organisation that provides free legal services and psychosocial support for victims of domestic violence and sexual violence in Diepsloot, an informal settlement of approximately 500,000 people located north of Johannesburg. It is committed to using an integrated approach, built on a deep understanding of the social context and psychological aspects of violence.
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a Johannesburg based non-governmental organisation that provides technical and monetary assistance to local lawyers and community organisations to pursue strategic litigation on human rights or the rule of law in domestic and regional jurisdictions.
In November 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal heard the matter between the Department of Basic Education and Others and Basic Education for All (BEFA) and Others. This important case, about access to textbooks for learners in Limpopo, was the fifth instalment in a protracted legal battle to ascertain whether the right to a full complement of textbooks before the start of the school year was a critical component of the right to a basic education, as enshrined in Section 29(1)(a) of the Constitution of South Africa.