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Cape Town - TOP attorneys and advocates across the province will again offer free legal advice to people during a two-day campaign, which starts on Friday as part of the Justice and Constitutional Development Department’s annual Access to Justice Week.
The special week starts on Monday.
The initiative is aimed at assisting the public with legal issues, while promoting a culture of community service within the legal fraternity, said provincial Justice head Hishaam Mohamed, who will also assist local residents in need.
Mohamed said several attorneys and advocates had offered their legal services free of charge at 17 advice offices across the province.
They had identified areas via SAPS analysis of the sectors with the highest reported levels of rape and domestic violence.
Legal professionals would be at Athlone, Bellville, Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain, Elsies River and Khayelitsha, and others would work at the Western Cape High Court. “Teams will also be out in the rural areas, including Clanwilliam, Malmesbury, Paarl, De Doorns and Worcester,” he added.
Mohamed said there were always complaints about the high costs of legal advice, and that the initiative would take the law to the doorstep of those most in need, all free of charge.
The main focus would be on domestic violence, child maintenance, evictions, wills and debt counselling.
All interactions would be one-on-ones with qualified professionals.
“Should a matter require further legal attention, participants will be referred to an appropriate institution.”
This year’s initiative is a joint effort by the department, the SA Women Lawyers Association Western Cape, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, the Black Lawyers Association and others.