Durban office welcomes staff attorney Seshni Govender

Change is inevitable and every organisation goes through staffing changes. However, while we frequently see interns leave after a year or two, the Durban office has welcomed a new staff attorney, Seshni Govender. Seshni joins us from private practice where she primarily worked on family law and criminal matters. She

The Department of “Happiness Affairs”

By Zekhethelo Cele, Legal Intern, Cape Town On 6 April ProBono.Org Cape Town together with Sonke Gender Justice, the Legal Resources Centre, the South African Human Rights Commission, UCT Refugee Law Clinic, Scalabrini, Resilience Africa and UNIFAM held an awareness event as part of their mission to ensure that the

Practitioner Profile

By Masechaba Modise, Legal Intern Emily Ruth West is a young, vibrant legal practitioner, practising at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained her law degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and relocated to Johannesburg to commence her articles with the firm in 2015. In May

New interns for Cape Town

Courtney Cupido obtained her LLB Degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2016, after which she attended UCT’s School for Legal Practice which solidified her interest in human rights law and social justice. During her studies she was a member of the Street Law Society, the Institute of


South Africa has robust laws which protect the vulnerable but enforcement of these laws lags behind. There is a scarcity of lawyers working at community levels which hinders much needed legal reform. Grassroots justice is therefore required to fill the gap. In response to this problem, the Cape Town office

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

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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,

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

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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

Human Rights Festival - Constitution Hill - Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018

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Festival Overview: Constitution Hill, in partnership with the human rights and social justice fraternity, is proud to present the inaugural Human Rights Festival. The Human Rights Festival commemorates Human Rights Day which pays homage to all those who lost their lives in the fight for democracy, particularly during the Sharpeville Massacre of

Welcome to our interns for 2018

JOHANNESBURG The Family Law, Labour Law and Wills Unit has two interns this year: Molebogeng Manyako hails from Rustenburg and completed her LLB degree at North West University (Mahikeng Campus) in 2015. She wanted to work for ProBono.Org to assist indigent people with their legal problems. Suraya Mckenzie-Pillay graduated

The Johannesburg ProBono.Org Divorce Help Desk

By Swazi Malinga and Elsabe Steenhuisen In March 2017, ProBono.Org established a Divorce Help Desk at the Johannesburg Regional Court, which operates every Tuesday from 09h00 to 12h00. The purpose of the help desk is to assist and encourage attorneys to complete their pro bono hours, and also to assist members