On Saturday 25 February a group of 16 students from the University of Cape Town’s Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) came to Khayelitsha to offer free legal advice to residents of RR Section. Facilitated by the SJC, a number of people came to seek advice – ranging from issues such as police brutality to holding a legal protest and accessing social grants.
Students open a file for each person they see and follow up on the matter, either by referring the client to a more appropriate office or dealing with their concern directly. While the students are not qualified lawyers they have a working knowledge of the law and are specifically trained by Black Sash for these sessions so as to be prepared for the kind of issues that commonly arise. In an area in which very few people can afford a lawyer, this service offers an opportunity for some assistance and guidance.
This was the first of a number of legal advice sessions that the SJC and SLSJ will be running in a number of areas in Khayelitsha over the coming months. The SJC is committed to building partnerships and welcomes the sharing of knowledge and skills.