- South African citizens have more access to legal assistance than they think
- The Tirisano Paralegal Advice Centre seeks to aid South Africans when they need it most
- Briefly.co.za spoke exclusively to Isaac Kgafela, founder of the non-profit organisation
Going to court is a stress on its own and the financial burden of obtaining legal representation adds to it.
However, some kind-hearted individuals go out of their way to ensure that Mzansi citizens have access to the help they need, free of charge.
Briefly.co.za spoke exclusively to Isaac Kgafela, founder of a non-profit organisation called Tirisano Paralegal Advice Centre.
Tirisano is a 'well established, multi-discipline, non-profit organisation' which provides pro bono legal assistance to disadvantaged communities.
The organisation was founded in March and Kgafela says it has already assisted hundreds of clients with countless legal issues including CCMA representation and even debt review.
The centre is staffed by attorneys and paralegals who specialise in a multitude of legal fields.
Kgafela revealed that, like many other NGO's, the centre is battling with funding and has been self-funded by staff members since its inception:
"We have tried our best to keep this centre going for almost 9 months now. Our staff members sometimes feel like resigning from this project because nobody is coming to aid us with funds."
"The staff is inspired by the joy they give clients whenever matters are settled in their favour. To keep them going, I always remind them how far we have come"
Kgafela explained that the aim is to aid South Africans who simply cannot afford to resolve important matters:
"Our people are financially disadvantaged. Therefore there is a great need for paralegal Advice centres in our communities. People come to us with old matters that couldn't be resolved due to unaffordability of legal fees."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that former SAA executive Dudu Myeni is heading to court once again.
This comes after Myeni made a massive error during her testimony at the State Capture Inquiry.
Myeni had exposed, multiple times, the identity of a witness under the Inquiry's protection known only as Mr X.
The Inquiry has since announced that it will be pressing charges against Myeni as a result of the incident.
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