Police brutality during lockdown

Author: Kabelo Komana – Candidate Attorney
* Article supervised by Candice Pillay- Director, Lawtons Africa
Article courtesy of Lawtons Africa


As South Africans remain indoors for an extended lockdown until the end of April 2020, reports of excessive use of force and unlawful assaults have been reported to enforce the lockdown.
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The State of the Law during Lockdown

Updated: Apr 14
Authors: Candice Pillay – Director, Lawtons Africa
Article courtesy of Lawtons Africa
The nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus was announced on 23 March 2020 amid speculation and fear around the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Services (SAPS) and

COVID-19 Lockdown: What does this mean for employees?

By Seshni Govender - Staff attorney, Durban
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads through society, the rules and norms in the workplace are changing. With South Africa in a 21-day lockdown for the first time in its history, many people are left with unanswered questions. Employers and employees are concerned about the

South Africa’s National Lockdown and Civil Liberties

By Shadreck Masike – Intern, Cape Town

The world has not faced a global crisis to the proportions being posed by the COVID-19 pandemic since World War II. Since its outbreak in late 2019, the pandemic has ravaged societies starting in Wuhan, China, spreading to the rest of Asia and the

COVID-19 Infection and the workforce

By Siyabonga Zondi - Intern, Durban Office

In the most unequal society in the world, which is currently going through a recession, perennial power cuts and one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, a deadly communicable virus outbreak is the last thing South Africa needed. Apart from

Birth certificates for undocumented minors



Lesley Blake studied at Wits University and was admitted as an attorney in 1995. Her practice consists of service to the SMME market - general legal advice, collections, drafting agreements and general litigation. The practice is also slanted towards Family Law including access and maintenance disputes.

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The Green Market Square furore

By: Mattew December - Intern, Cape Town

On 8 October 2019, a group of refugees commenced a sit-in protest at the Cape Town offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) following a wave of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals across the country. The group, which include about 624

International Human Rights Day Public Lecture

By Shamika Dwarika, Regional Director, Durban


It was a dark and stormy afternoon in December 2019 when a number of legal practitioners and public interest law advocates gathered for a public lecture commemorating International Human Rights Day. Despite the load shedding and the storm wreaking havoc in Durban on 10 December,

Parktown Boys High drowning: Who holds the duty of care?

By Melissa Engelbrecht, Cape Town intern

On 15 January 2020 the nation woke up to the shocking news of the disappearance and subsequent death of Enoch Mpianzi, a 13-year old grade eight scholar at Parktown Boys High School in Johannesburg. According to various media reports, Enoch drowned in the Crocodile River

Welcome to our 2020 interns and staff

Johannesburg:

Ongezwa Gontshi
Ongezwa recently joined ProBono. Org as the finance administrator/project officer on the AFSA/Global Fund project aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination as well as educating and providing legal advice and assistance to persons living with HIV and TB in South Africa. Prior to joining us she was employed as