The national director is an attorney and development law specialist, having been involved in government policy formulation. She worked for three years as the women’s rights and child justice co-ordinator at ProBono.Org before moving into advancement. She became the National Director on 1 January 2013. Erica is a published author.
Annelie du Plessis
Head Staff Attorney
Annelie, a Staff Attorney at ProBono.Org, completed her BA LLB at Stellenbosch University in 2004, whereafter she completed articles and was admitted as an attorney in the Western Cape. Annelie worked for Lawyers for Human Rights for 5 years before joining Probono.Org in 2012. Annelie manages the referrals, volunteer lawyers, and is responsible for setting up new projects. she has a special interst in cases involving mental health care users and children.
Nomaswazi Malinga was born and raised in Soweto. Both her parents worked for a firm of attorneys, which played a huge role in her choice of career. After completing her law degree at the University of Johannesburg, Nomaswazi completed her articles at Webber Wentzel. Soon after she joined First National Bank insurance brokers as a legal advisor. While there she obtained a Higher Diploma in Labour Law in 2011 from the University of Johannesburg. Nomaswazi joined ProBono.Org in July 2015 as the staff attorney in the family law department. She finds this role very challenging and looks forward to helping her clients with the assistance of her fellow colleagues.
Operations, Grants & Communications Manager
Margaret is from Johannesburg and joined Probono.Org in March 2015, having many years’ experience in communications and events management in both local and international NGOs. She has worked in the housing, human rights and arts and culture sectors and has a particular interest in the rights of women and children. Her outside interests are traveling, literature and jazz music.
Phumi was the administrator for a commercial law firm before joining ProBono.Org in 2008. She manages the company’s statistics reports, updates the information management system and the database of clients, attorneys, legal practitioners and media. She also performs a variety of duties to ensure the efficient administration of Probono.Org.
Nkuli is ProBono.Org’s receptionist and administrator. She is the first person that clients see when they consult ProBono.Org. She does the initial screening and makes appointments with Pro.Bono.Org’s lawyers and staff.
Tshenolo joined ProBono.Org on 1 April 2015. She obtained a Diploma in Paralegal Studies at the then RAU (now UJ) Law Clinic in 2008 and then volunteered at the Tembisa Justice Centre before joining the Alexandra Justice Centre as a Paralegal. Tshenolo is passionate about public education and empowering communities in aspects of the law.
Born and raised in Johannesburg, Nolia Langa is an LLB student at the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has always shown an interest in the legal field, particularly in enviromental, commercial and family law. She was a volunteer at our ProBono.Org help desk in the Master’s office in August 2016, where she gained exposure to deceased estates. She aims to use what she has learnt to bring the law to those that would otherwise not have the means to do so. Having now been appointed as a legal intern she is excited to gain experience and exposure to different spheres of our law.
Koketso Molotsi is completing her LLB with the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her relationship with Probono.Org began when she was a volunteer for five months assisting with the legal clinics. Her interests in law are labour law, deceased estates and conveyancing. She is looking forward to growing in the profession through the work she will be doing for the organisation.
Lesego Vakalisa is currently a fourth year UNISA LLB student. She joined Probono.Org as a volunteer in February 2016 prior to becoming an intern. The areas of work that interest her are medical negligence, police brutality, family and public law, as well as working with children, mental health care users and helping marginalised individuals to realise social justice.
Masechaba Modise is an LLB graduate from the University of South Africa. Before joining ProBono.Org, she was a legal adviser at the Legal Exchange Corporation. In the future she would like to open her own conveyancing and notary firm in Soweto.
Director – Durban
Shamika has a LLB from the University of Natal and a LLM (Business Law) from the University of KwaZulu Natal and is an admitted attorney. She has practiced in commercial legal practices and NGOs in both Durban and Johannesburg. She is a trained facilitator and has also lectured briefly. She has also completed a basic counseling course. She joined ProBono.Org in July 2014.
Petrina completed her LLB and LLM (Labour Studies) Degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After completing her Articles of Clerkship, she was admitted as an Attorney in 2013. She started working at ProBono.Org in August 2014. Her main areas of focus at ProBono.Org are Family Law/Divorce and Refugee law.
Gugulethu is currently the Administrator at ProBono.Org, Durban. She initially joined the organisation in March 2013 as a Legal Intern. She is currently studying towards her LLB Degree as a part-time student at UNISA. She also holds a Certificate in Business Management.
Trisha has an LLB from UKZN and was admitted as an attorney in 2012. She practised as a professional assistant for over a year, and then worked as a legal advisor at Scorpion Legal Protection. This helped her realise that social justice is of special interest to her and she looks forward to assisting many clients in need. Trisha facilitates the Consumer, Housing and Masters Office help desks.
Welile joined Probono.Org in January 2017. She obtained her LLB Degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal (PMB campus). Welile is eager to learn and finds that interning at ProBono.Org has taught her so much, despite only being here for a few months. She enjoys refugee and labour law.
Nolwazi completed her LLB studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016. She started working for ProBono.Org in February 2017. Her interests lie in all aspects of property law. She is particularly interested in housing rights and is passionate about the realisation of these rights as an end to achieving social justice. She wishes to pursue a masters degree in this field in the near future.
Sinenhlanhla Zandile Nxumalo is from Ingwavuma, KZN. She completed her degree at the University of Zululand and joined ProBono.Org in Janaury 2017. Her interest areas are labour law, conveyancing and family law. She is looking forward to growing in the profession through the work that she will be doing at ProBono.Org.
Neo obtained her LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a qualified Attorney and worked for Lawyers for Human Rights for two years as a Litigation Attorney in the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme. She joined Probono.org on 1 July 2015 as the Manager of the Pretoria office. Her duties include inter alia recruiting attorneys around Pretoria and surrounding areas to do probono work, organising community workshops, workshops for attorneys and referring cases to attorneys. She has a special interest in public interest law and social justice.
Refilwe Mmusi completed her LLB in 2005 at North West University, Mafikeng. She has a keen interest in human rights law and aspires one day to become a human rights lawyer.
Uzair is the Manager of our Cape Town office. Born and bred in Cape Town, he expressed a keen interest in community upliftment early on in his life and his passion for people and making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged inspired him to pursue a career in law. Uzair obtained an LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2011 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Legal Training from the University of Cape Town in 2012. He served his Articles of Clerkship at Legal Aid South Africa, Cape Town Justice Centre, and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in December 2013. He has been employed at the Master’s Office and the Office of the Family Advocate which afforded him sound experience in social justice issues.
Ellen Boriwondo holds a BSoc.Sci and an LLB Degree from the University of Cape Town. She is currently studying towards an LLM in Human Rights Law at UCT, with future plans to do a PhD. She has a background in refugee matters and has volunteered at the UCT Refugee Rights Unit. Ellen is a Zimbabwean national who strives to use the law to come to the aid of under-privileged locals and foreign nationals in need of legal assistance. ProBono.Org provides her with a platform to assist communities in accessing justice, which remains a challenge across South Africa.