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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Home Affairs misses deadline for Cape Town refugee office, says LRC
“The non-responsiveness by Home Affairs left no room for us to engage with them” By Tariro Washinyira The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is asking the Western...

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Khayelitsha lacks a proper sexual offences court
Survivors of rape need better support within the criminal justice system, say civil society organisations By Mary-Anne Gontsana “We need a sexual offences court in Khayelitsha...

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Growthpoint loses court case against Reclaim the City
Judge refuses application for final interdict against occupation of controversial land By Mary-Anne Gontsana Social justice organisations have hailed the judgement in the case brought against...

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Equal Education pickets outside Eastern Cape State of the Province address
EE wants R4.3 million saved at this year’s official opening of the legislature to be allocated to fixing schools By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik On Friday, members...

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Court interdicts Ekurhuleni from reblocking informal settlement
City will appeal the court order affecting Vusimuzi in Tembisa By Zoë Postman On Friday morning, the South Gauteng High Court interdicted the City of Ekurhuleni...

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Judge says roadside May family are “authors of their own fate”
Courts make inhumane decisions based on legal facts and are not in touch with our people on the ground, says farm workers’ rights organiser By Barbara...

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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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