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SA civil unrest

LRC Statement on Civil Unrest

LEGAL RESOURCES CENTRE CALLS FOR TANGIBLE PLAN OF ACTION IN ADDRESSING CIVIL UNREST AND PUBLIC VIOLENCE IN GAUTENG AND KWAZULU-NATAL On 12 July 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the…

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Your generosity makes the LRC’s work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as an advocate, you can make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

HOPE IS EVERYTHING

The South African Constitution, often noted as one of the most progressive in the world provides a firm foundation for all who live in the country to realize their basic human rights and dignity. Despite the promise of progressive rights, more work is needed to ensure that freedom and democracy deliver not only the right to vote, but also opportunities for economic and social advancement.

For the last three decades the LRC has been the most important public interest litigation organization in South Africa … the LRC has championed and defended the poor, marginalized and vulnerable in pursuit of life, dignity and equality of all.

The LRC aspires towards a fully democratic, equal society. Their goals are to promote justice using the Constitution, build respect for the rule of law, and contribute to socio-economic transformation within South Africa and beyond.

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Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa

About Us

The Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa assists the Legal Resources Centre financially, contributes to its work through joint initiatives, and helps publicize its accomplishments in the United States and globally. LRC attorneys provide legal services without charge to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized throughout South Africa. With offices in Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown, and Johannesburg, the LRC uses a range of legal strategies, including impact litigation, law reform, participation in partnerships and development processes, education, and networking within South Africa, throughout the African continent, and at the international level.

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LRC Programs

EDUCATION & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

Quality education is necessary if all children are to enjoy the rights they are entitled to in the Constitution. Yet, education is faced with serious challenges, especially in rural areas and provinces such as the Eastern Cape, where much of the LRC’s work is carried out.

The LRC represents learners, parents, communities, teachers, schools, and NGOs, many in rural and impoverished communities, in compelling the state to honor its obligations in terms of the Constitution and the right to basic education.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The right to an environment that is not detrimental to health and well-being is recognized in the South African Constitution. Yet, communities are often unable to assert this right when business and the public sector are not held accountable for environmental contraventions.

The LRC’s work to promote environmental justice seeks to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged communities share equally in the benefits of development and are not burdened unfairly with the negative consequences and impacts on the environment arising from development.