ProBono.Org is a dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
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
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
We thank the legal profession for their pro bono contribution
On 21 November 2019 we held an award ceremony at Constitution Hill to pay tribute to the many legal practitioners and others who made an exceptional contribution to pro bono work in 2018.
Our guest speaker was Judge Jody Kollapen, who pointed out that access to justice is far from the
Service Delivery Protests in SA
By Thulisile M. Buthelezi, Durban intern
The Regulation of Gatherings Act 205 of 1993 is an important piece of legislation used to regulate the holding of public gatherings and demonstrations. South Africa’s right to take to the streets to march, demonstrate or present petitions is protected by the Constitution. This right
Sex Work Sensitisation Training Seminars
By Uzair Adams
The sex work sensitisation training seminars took place in collaboration between ProBono.Org and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), South Africa’s leading sex worker human rights organisation, providing services to sex workers since 1996. The organisation exclusively works with adult sex workers on issues of
Teresa Yates has been appointed as the National Director of ProBono. Org. She was until recently Deputy National Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). Besides legal training, she has a background in human rights and development on the continent. In her 22 years of experience she has worked in
Is the Return of the Death Penalty a Viable Sentencing Option In South Africa’s Constitutional Dispensation?
By Yolanda Mnyengeza, Cape Town intern
In early September 2019, residents of Cape Town took to the streets after a series of gruesome murders of women during National Women’s Month, many of them demanding that the death penalty be reinstated as a form of punishment for those who commit violent
March against Xenophobia
By Muchengeta Hwacha, Johannesburg intern
On 4 September 2019, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) called an emergency meeting to address the spate of violence that had erupted against foreign nationals. Civil society, faith based organisations, trade unions and community
Civil Society Forum at the Pan-African Parliament on the theme of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced People
By Muchengeta Hwacha, Johannesburg intern
The Centre for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), invited ProBono.Org to participate in a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) Forum on the sidelines of the third ordinary session of the Fifth PAP legislature.
The CSO Forum was invited to engage on the African