Protecting the Public Interest in South Africa

Siyanda informal settlement. Photo by: Edward Molopi, SERI

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: Housing and Land

South Africa faces a shortage of affordable housing, particularly in urban areas, forcing many people continue to live in informal settlements or overcrowded conditions. The Constitution sets forth the rights of South Africans.

Soper Road, inner city, Johannesburg. Photo by: Edward Molopi, SERI

Latest News

Another Postbank “glitch” delays January social grant payments
“We came to the Post Office and they said there was no money” 11 January 2023 | By Marecia Damons On Friday, Postbank acknowledged that a glitch had...

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Was I wrong for stopping my domestic worker’s UIF contributions when she applied for a SASSA grant?
The short answer You are supposed to pay UIF contributions until your employee stops working for you. The whole question Dear Athalie In April 2021,...

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Police are preying on immigrants, say human rights organisations
Immigrants are not reporting crimes or seeking assistance from law enforcement as they fear extortion or deportation 2 December 2022 | By Kimberly Mutandiro Organisations working with immigrants...

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Domestic workers urge Ramaphosa to sign compensation bill into law
The legislation was sent to the president more than two months ago 2 December 2022 | By Chris Gilili Domestic workers were excluded from claiming for compensation for...

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What can I do if I can’t get a SASSA grant because of my spouse’s income but they don’t look after me?
The short answer You can call a family meeting or approach an organisation that helps families having marital problems. The whole question Dear Athalie Why...

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Stopping people from letting their cattle graze amounts to eviction, says judge
Land Claims Court says the Constitution requires that ESTA be given a “generous interpretation” 21 November 2022 | By Tania Broughton The Land Claims Court has ruled that...

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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.