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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GROUNDVIEW: For the first time most adults didn’t vote
There has been a decline in election participation since 1994, especially this year By GroundUp Staff For the first time in democratic South Africa, less than...

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Farm workers in Grabouw strike for R250 per day
Oak Valley Estate says it complies with National Minimum Wage Act By Ashraf Hendricks Farm workers from Oak Valley Estate and supporters from Grabouw blocked the...

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More people now qualify for legal aid
Substantial changes made to means testing to account for inflation and the rising cost of living By Kristine Liao Legal Aid South Africa, which provides tax-funded...

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Lonmin case shows how hard it is to hold mines to account
North West High Court rejects bid to declare Minister of Mineral Resources in breach of statutory duties By Wilmien Wicomb In February the North West High...

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Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses
Company says it took reasonable measures and the period for claims has expired By Ciaran Ryan Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million...

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Why a high court dismissed Somali claims for asylum
But Lawyers for Human Rights disagrees with the court’s reasoning and is appealing  By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti Eight Somali nationals, who currently live in South Africa,...

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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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