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: Gender and Women’s Rights

Public interest legal service providers in South Africa work to address the alarming rates of gender-based violence in South Africa, and to ensure judgments that reinforce gender rights, and that those judgments are implemented.

Latest News

For Michael Komape’s family, justice at last
The Supreme Court of Appeal awarded the family of the five-year-old almost R1.5 million for the “appalling and undignified death” Komape suffered by drowning in...

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Undocumented children win right to basic education
In a monumental ruling at the Makhanda high court, judges found it was unconstitutional to bar learners without birth certificates from receiving basic schooling. By...

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UN Committee Recommends Socio-Economic Rights Protections in South Africa
International Commission of Jurists – Africa The ICJ collaborated with Studio Bolland to produce this animation which sets out the international standards and protection of...

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Extinction Rebellion urges Environment Minister to declare climate emergency
“This is the time for you to act”, Creecy told By Madison Yauger Climate activist group Extinction Rebellion has asked Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara...

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Court rules that child offenders, victims and witnesses may not be named – even in adulthood
Parliament given 24 months to correct Criminal Procedure Act By Tania Broughton Child offenders, child victims and child witnesses may not be named – even in...

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Bid to protect West Coast jewel from mining
Controversial Australian company applies for further prospecting rights By John Yeld The future of one of South Africa’s most important biodiversity areas – the Olifants River...

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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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