National Elections - a mediator’s perspective

By Muchengeti Hwacha, Johannesburg intern.
On 8 May 2019 South Africans went to the polls for national and provincial (general) elections for only the sixth time in the democratic Republic’s short 25 year history, and only the fifth time that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) facilitated the election process. Despite that

Welcome to Cape Town’s 2019 interns

Three interns have recently joined the Cape Town office, made possible by the generous support of the HCI Foundation.




Melissa Engelbrecht
Melissa obtained her LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2018. During her tertiary career she was a member of the Constitutional Literacy and Services Initiative (CLASI),

Human Rights Festival 2019

By Margaret Fish
Over four days from 21 to 24 March the festival included poetry, art exhibitions, a film festival, the social forum, activism row, a music evening and We the People walks on the Sunday. In addition, there was a marquee with food stalls and a market where creatives sold

The Family House Project – forward we go!

By Tshenolo Masha
Our collaboration with Dr Maxim Bolt (University of Birmingham and the UK Social Research Council) on the Family House concept continues.

Following the launch of the Position Paper in July 2018, a public consultation was held to get feedback on the research from members of the public. The input

The importance of estate planning and having a will in place

By Naeelah Williams, Cape Town
Estate planning can be defined as planning and preparing for the transfer of a person’s assets upon death. Policies, pension funds, immovable and movable property all form part of one’s deceased estate. However, so does one’s debts and liabilities.

This article aims to amplify the significance of

Section 17 of the Consumer Protection Act, the lacuna

By Sanele Zondi, Durban Intern
The Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (“the Act”), is one of the most important pieces of legislation for the indigent. The purpose of the Act as per section 3(1) is to promote and advance the economic and social welfare of the consumer by providing the

Commemoration of International Human Rights Day

By Shamika Dwarika
ProBono.Org (Durban), in partnership with the SA Human Rights Commission and The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, hosted an event to commemorate International Human Rights Day.

The event was held on 10 December 2018 at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban and was open to all legal practitioners

Unlawful Property Sales and Illegal Evictions by “Agents”

By Zunaid Latief, Cape Town intern

In South Africa the conventional purchase and sale of immovable property is administered by registered estate agents who analyse the property market, accompany clients to property sites, discuss and advise on conditions of sale and prepare agreements of purchase and sale between buyers and sellers.