Protecting the Public Interest in South Africa

Public Interest Legal Services include litigation, advocacy and other methods employed by public interest legal organisations to effect change and make a positive impact on lives of vulnerable and marginalised people in South Africa.

This site is a space to find public interest legal organisations, learn about the methods they use to bring about social change, and follow the impact that these organisations have made in South Africa.

Featured Issue: Basic Services

The work done by public interest legal services organisations helps to ensure access to basic services, including water and sanitation, by directly addressing local governments and litigating and advocating for these rights.

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IPID scrambles to contain fall-out ahead of Parliament appearance
Watchdog to present annual report on Thursday following findings of statistical manipulation  By Daneel Knoetze The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) presents its annual report to...

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One in seven plants and animals in SA threatened with extinction, new report shows
Alien vegetation has a “severe impact” on biodiversity says SANBI By Madison Yauger One in seven of the thousands of plants and animals assessed by the...

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City lawyers tell activist organisation to stop helping 80-year-old man facing eviction
Eviction of Kenneth Blaine escalates ideological battle between local government and Reclaim the City By Steve Kretzmann Lawyers representing the City of Cape Town have threatened...

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New social grant system hurts the elderly, study finds
Long queues, no toilets: the closure of the old paypoints leaves pensioners in the lurch By Madison Yauger Every month an elderly woman called Nanna (surname...

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Court victory for transgender prisoners
Judge rules that Jade September must be allowed to live as a woman  By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti The Equality Court has ruled that a woman transgender inmate may...

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CCMA conference highlights minimum wage struggles
Numerous applications for exemption and institutional failure are hampering the government’s efforts to reach its target of six million workers being paid the minimum wage...

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PILS Organisations - An Interactive Map

The interactive map below introduces a range of public interest legal service organisations in South Africa. Click on the menu to the left to zoom in on social justice organisations and the community advice offices in each province, or use the search to find organisations.

Click on the top-left icon on the map to expand it to full-screen, and press escape to exit full-screen.

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