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

CASE STUDY: New Child Support Bill takes maintenance defaulters to task

By Uzair Adams. In law, parenthood gives rise to parental rights, but more importantly, parental responsibilities in respect of children. One such responsibility in particular is the maintenance of children. Contrary to popular belief, maintenance is not shared equally between parents. It is in fact payable by parents proportionately according to

Farewell and thank you to Petrina Chetty – Durban office

We are sad to be saying goodbye to our staff attorney who has been with the Durban office for the past three and a half years. We are most grateful for her commitment and dedication to the organisation during her tenure and wish her all the best in her new

Human Rights Festival

Constitution Hill will be hosting a Human Rights Festival from 23 – 25 March 2018. This is an inaugural three day event designed to activate civil society and promote and advance human rights. The festival will include a social forum, NGO stands, artexhibitions, poetry, film and music festivals, children’s activities and

First Attorney seminar for the year for Our Durban branch

ProBono.Org Durban held our first Attorney seminar for the year. The topic was "Statutory Arbitration process in the CCMA in terms of the LRA, as amended". The seminar was held at the CCMA and the speaker was Senior Commissioner Nhlanhla Mathe. The speaker was very knowledgeable and approachable. We look

High conveyancing fees hold up property transactions for the poor

By Uzair Adams The transfer and registration of immovable property from a seller’s name into a purchaser’s name is not as straightforward as one may think. A property transaction is not only a lengthy and complicated process, but is costly too; and oftentimes unaffordable for the underprivileged. This proved to


In May 1998, Mr. Jackson Taliwe disappeared on his way home after an evening with friends. On foot, he passed through an unsafe area and had to cross busy roads late at night. He was never seen again. His family, friends and the community searched for him, but their efforts


By Margaret Fish. [caption id="attachment_3494" align="alignright" width="300"] Pic: Carolyn Raphaely[/caption] Bowmans Attorneys and the Wits Justice Project worked on the tragic case of Dineo Kgatle, who was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated for 26 months after his electronic monitoring device (EMD) was inadvertently lost. Kgatle was convicted in 2002 on charges of

Pro Bono Attorneys provide feedback

On 30 November our Johannesburg office hosted some of the attorneys who did pro bono work for us during the year, either by taking on cases or staffing a legal clinic or help desk. The session provided useful feedback to us about constraints at some of the courts and how