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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Worker advice office a casualty of Joburg looting
Casual Workers Advice Office vows to continue its work By Zoë Postman In the midst of xenophobic attacks on mostly immigrant-owned shops in Germiston, Johannesburg, non-profit...

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Still on temporary contracts after 12 years
Employees of the Expanded Public Works Programme have essentially become ‘permanent casuals’ who earn a pittance and have no job security or collective bargaining power....

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Komape hearing: judge lashes Limpopo education department
The state’s case against the family of drowned schoolboy is “insensitive”, says Justice Navsa By Ciaran Ryan The Limpopo education department came in for sharp criticism...

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Copyright bill will make cost of studying cheaper
But bill has been waiting for the president to sign it into law since at least April By Linda Daniels Aphiwe Nomandla is a second year...

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Court judgment to restore farm dwellers’ dignity
A Pietermaritzburg High Court ruling has found that municipalities were in breach of the Constitution in not providing labour tenants and farm occupiers with essential...

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JSC in spotlight for slow adjudication of complaints against two judges
One complaint alleges state capture. The other alleges racism and sexism.  By Barbara Maregele Judge Neil Tuchten wrote: “Judge Makhubele ought not to undertake any judicial...

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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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