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We provide professional legal advice and representation to those who can’t afford it

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Legal Aid South Africa

Legal Aid South Africa

Legal Aid South Africa provides professional legal advice and representation at no cost to those who can’t afford it.

Today's #goodnewsFriday applauds the Legal Aid SA East London Local Office! During #ChildProtectionWeek, Regional Court Legal Practitioner Nonzukiso Magxwalisa, District Court Legal Practitioner Vuyiseka Mhleli and Candidate Attorney Kwezilomso Godona visited the Mdantsane and East London District Courts to raise awareness about children’s rights.Vuyiseka engaged with social workers and youth at the Mdantsane Children’s Court, explaining their rights and distributing Legal Aid SA promo material. She also met with intermediaries and children preparing for trials.Kwezilomso also handled a case involving 3 minors, successfully appealing for diversion under section 67 of the Child Justice Act. While at the East London Magistrate’s Court, District Court Legal Practitioner Mandla Yashe educated youth on their rights as accused persons and witnesses, clarified court procedures and held a Q&A session with social workers.The team effectively promoted and protected children's rights #YouthMonth2024 Proudly #legalaidsa ... See MoreSee Less
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TUNE IN to Phalaphala FM : Ri Na NWI Misi yothe (87.9-107.8 MHz / DStv channel 811) TONIGHT from 8pm to hear Legal Practitioner Norman Ndou from the Legal Aid SA Thohoyandou Local Office discussing juvenile delinquency #knowyourrights #youthmonth2024Proudly #legalaidsa ... See MoreSee Less
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TUNE IN to Nkqubela FM (97.0 MHz / nkqubelafm.co.za) TODAY from 6pm to hear Legal Practitioner Siyanda Madikane from the Legal Aid SA Qonce Local Office discussing the Victims' Cha#knowyourrightsights Pro#legalaidsaaidsa ... See MoreSee Less
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It's a #YouthM#casetalkTuesdayesday! Today we applaud the Legal Aid SA Port Shepstone Local Office, and a matter handled by Civil Supervisory Legal Practitioner Vanashree Naidoo.BACKGROUND- Legal Aid SA represented 2 minor children in an application brought on behalf of their paternal aunt and uncle for their primary residence.- The matter was initially opposed by the biological parents and the maternal grandparents.- The children were extremely vocal in what they wanted and refused to be placed in the care of either their parents or maternal grandparents.- The children expressed that they were in a settled environment with their paternal aunt and uncle and were well cared for. The children were further unhappy with unsupervised/take away visits with the maternal grandparents as they felt that the visits were unscheduled and disturbed their routine. They also relayed that their parents and maternal grandparents made promises that they simply did not keep.WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT?- Vanashree advocated on behalf of the children that their voices should be heard.- It was argued that it would be in their best interest to remain in the primary care of their paternal aunt and uncle. They were in a happy and stable environment that nurtured their love for knowledge and learning.- It was clear to the Court that the children are extremely bright and able to express their views.- Vanashree further advocated that all visits with the parents and maternal grandparents must be supervised and take place at the residence of the paternal aunt and uncle until such time that the children are comfortable to spend unsupervised visits with them.OUTCOMEThe court agreed that Vanashree's submissions were in the best interest of the minor children and confirmed same by an order of court. The children were extremely happy with the outcome.This matter exemplifies how Legal Aid SA ensures that a child's best interests are always upheld, as they are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child, per section 28 of the Bill of Ri#legalaidsadly #legalaidsa ... See MoreSee Less
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TUNE IN to RISE fm 943 (94.3 FM) TONIGHT from 7:50pm to hear National Legal Manager - Civil Hanoneshea Hendricks from the Legal Aid SA National Office discussing Legal Aid SA’s role in fighting and eradicating Gender-Based Violence and Femicide #KnowYourRightsProudly #legalaidsa ... See MoreSee Less
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