Sep 14,2017 / News / Firms News

Werksmans has been involved in providing pro bono services for more than five years. We have a dedicated Public Interest Law team comprising of a director and two full-time attorneys who attend to and coordinate pro bono activities within the firm. We focus our efforts on matters of public significance that have an impact on the lives of people and the environment.

A first for the firm, Werksmans won an award at the 4th Annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony which was held on Thursday, 7 September 2017. The award was presented to Naledi Motsiri, a Senior Associate in the Pro Bono team, for her tireless work in staffing and assisting clients in the Pro Bono.Org Labour Law Clinic.

 

Pro Bono Organisation

Pro Bono.org is a young, dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.

They harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Their existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or other independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.

 

About Naledi Motsiri

Naledi Motsiri is a practising attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She is currently a Senior Associate in the Pro Bono Department at Werksmans Attorneys in Johannesburg. She joined Werksmans Attorneys in 2011 as a Candidate Attorney and was appointed as an Associate in 2013 before being promoted to Senior Associate in 2015.

Naledi obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria in 2010. She has subsequently acquired a certificate in Advanced Labour Law which she obtained Cum Laude, also at the University of Pretoria. Naledi has an interest in Public Interest Law with a focus on employment rights, consumer rights, disability rights, children’s rights, property rights, wills, maintenance and domestic violence.

In 2016, Naledi assumed the role of co-coordinator and manager of the Dieplsoot Law Clinic, a Werksmans signature project which started in 2012. This law clinic is the only one of its kind in Diepsloot. It operates weekly, on Tuesdays, and provides pro bono assistance to indigent people in the Diepsloot Township and surrounding areas. Clients who consult at the law clinic have an opportunity to have face-to-face interaction with an experienced attorney and obtain quality pro bono advice and/or representation. The matters that are dealt with at the law clinic mainly relate to consumer law, child maintenance, late registration of births, property disputes, and labour-related queries.

Over and above the provision of pro bono advice and representation to clients, a large part of Naledi’s practice and vision in respect of pro bono services is based on a notion that education is one of the ways to promote and facilitate access to the law and justice. She understands the dire need for the law to be made more accessible to the general public. As such, she has presented workshops on a range of legal topics including: domestic violence, harassment, wills, consumer rights and child maintenance to various organisations and schools in disadvantaged communities.

Apart from managing the Diepsloot Law Clinic, Naledi regularly volunteers at ProBono.Org’s Housing and Labour clinics, where she provides legal advice and/or representation to pro bono clients.

Naledi has been involved in numerous litigation matters in 2016, which have been heard in the Magistrates Court, High Court and Equality Court.