Dakalo Singo

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Director

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8199

Fax: +27 11 535 8623

Email: dsingo@werksmans.com

ABOUT

Dakalo Singo is a Director in the Pro Bono practice area. He specialises in Pro Bono legal advice and assistance; public interest and human rights litigation; general dispute resolution and civil litigation; as well as labour and employment law. Dakalo also advises on matters related to constitutional law and social justice. He is the author of a chapter named “Drafting Pleadings, Notices and Applications” in a text book titled Clinical Law in South Africa (3rd Edition), which is prescribed in various South African universities. He is also a contributing author in a book titled “Law Clinics and the Clinical Law Movement in South Africa” and has also published articles in law journals.

  • Land Reform Restitution & Tenure
  • Pro Bono
  • Pro Bono legal advice and assistance;
  • Public interest and human rights litigation;
  • General dispute resolution and general civil litigation; and
  • Labour and Employment law

Dakalo advises on:

  • Human Rights, constitutional law and social justice issues;
  • Labour and Employment law; and
  • General civil law matters.
  • LLB (University of South Africa);
  • LLM (University of the Witwatersrand);
  • 2012: Supervising Attorney, Wits Law Clinic;
  • 2017: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2019: Director, Werksmans
  • Advises and/or acts for various reputable non-governmental, human rights and social justice organisations, including: the South African Human Rights Commission ("SAHRC"); Amnesty International; the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution ("CASAC"); and others;
  • Represented a group of asylum seekers in impact litigation brought against the Minister of Labour (and others) to challenge the constitutionality of certain aspects of the Unemployment Insurance Fund ("UIF") statutory and structural framework, that excluded asylum seekers from being able to claim benefits from the UIF, despite the fact that they had made contributions to the UIF. A summary of the matter is available here: https://www.werksmans.com/legal-updates-and-opinions/court-victory-enables-asylum-seekers-to-claim-unemployment-benefits/
  • Represented CASAC in President of the Republic of South Africa v Office of the Public Protector and Others (13 December 2017). The reported judgment is available at: http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZAGPPHC/2017/747.html;
  • Represented the SAHRC in the hate speech matter of South African Human Rights Commission v Khumalo (5 October 2018). A summary of the matter is available here: https://www.werksmans.com/legal-updates-and-opinions/what-constitutes-hate-speech-the-equality-court-answers/ and the reported judgment is available at: http://www.saflii.org/za/cases/ZAGPJHC/2018/528.html
  • Often interviews and comments for various news media (radio, newspaper and television) regarding labour and general legal issues;
  • Lectures Labour Dispute Resolution classes for the Legal Education and Development (LEAD) programme offered by the Law Society of South Africa (at Wits University);
  • Previously lectured law students at Wits University and continues to do so from time to time as a guest or sessional lecturer;
  • Previously served on the board of a local radio station;
  • Published an article in the Stellenbosch Law Review (Vol 27, No. 3, 2016) titled "The Role of South African University Law Clinics in the LLB Degree";
  • Published a chapter, namely "Drafting Pleadings, Notices and Applications" in a text book titled Clinical Law in South Africa (3rd Edition, 2016), which is prescribed in various South African universities;
  • Published in "Law Clinics and the Clinical Law Movement in South Africa" (1st Edition, 2018) as a contributing author to two chapters therein; and
  • Published an article (as a co-author) in the Stellenbosch Law Review (Vol 29, No. 2, 2018) titled "Clinical Legal Education and Social Justice – A Perspective from the Wits Law Clinic".