Protecting the Public Interest in South Africa

A shack situated on occupied land along the N2 highway in Cape Town, South Africa.Photo by Velani Ludidi, GroundUp (CC BY-ND 4.0)

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: Refugee and Migrants' Rights

The Constitution requires that international human rights law be taken into account. Consequently, South Africa has a range of international legal commitments relating to the status of migrants.

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How can you get a birth certificate with no proof of birth or parent’s ID?
The short answer You could make a sworn affidavit explaining your circumstances, but you may need legal help. The whole question Dear Athalie How can...

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New court challenge to decision to scrap Zimbabwean permits
The Zimbabwean Immigration Federation seeks to defend the rights of Zimbabweans living in South Africa By Tania Broughton The Zimbabwean Immigration Federation is to challenge the...

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Are domestic workers eligible for state pension or is it the employer’s responsibility?
The short answer Domestic workers are eligible for UIF and state pension. The whole question Dear Athalie Our domestic worker has resigned after nine-and-a-half-years’ full-time work....

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Minister proposes increase to Covid grant income threshold
Meanwhile, many R350 grant beneficiaries have been waiting months for their payments By Marecia Damons Many people who rely on the R350 Social Relief of Distress...

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Learners protest against “drastic and unacceptable” changes to school infrastructure law
Equal Education members demand Eastern Cape education MEC intervene By Johnnie Isaac Scores of learners and Equal Education members donned their school uniforms on Wednesday and...

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Understanding the Zimbabwean permit case
Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa may find themselves undocumented on 1 January 2023. The Helen Suzman Foundation is trying to stop...

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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.