Orange Farm continues to receive help

Palesa ‘Deejay’ Manaleng

Photograph by Osmond Mngomezulu

Photograph by Osmond Mngomezulu


ProBono.Org’s Community Advice Office Support Project (the CAOSP) hosted a workshop on housing Rights and Eviction at Orange Farm. Osmond Mngomezulu commenced the workshop by informing participants about ProBono.Org and the CAOSP and its commitments to make pro bono services available to the poor residents of the Vaal Triangle.
The training focussed on the procedural aspects of opposing an eviction such as filling a notice of intention to oppose and an answering affidavit. Rescissions and spoliation applications were also discussed in detail. Windows Phone_20130906_001
This workshop comes after a successful access to justice event hosted by the Wits Justice Project (WJP) in Orange Farm. Where WJP listened to issues facing the community of Orange Farm and tried to help them find solutions.
We had invited speakers from different organisations such as:
Bricks Mokolo


Bricks Mokolo

Bricks Mokolo, a community paralegal, who said “we have a police station but we feel we have no access to justice”;
Osmond Mngomezulu


Osmond Mngomezulu

Osmond Mngomezulu, an attorney for Pro-Bono who made it clear that we had rights, but the biggest challenge was accessing those rights;
Lehlohonolo Mashifane

Lehlohonolo Mashifane


Lehlohonolo Mashifane from the Vereeniging Justice Centre of Legal Aid SA who after the event said he and his colleagues would try visit Orange Farm once a month, to listen to the community and give legal advice;
Thandi Maduna

Thandi Maduna


Thandi Maduna , producer at Thetha FM who encouraged community members to come to the radio station and voice their problems and
Lilian Njoko-Moreki

Lilian Njoko-Moreki

the dynamic Lilian Njoko-Moreki, from NPA in Vereeniging who discussed access to courts.

All these speakers were invited by WJP to help community members with their issues on accessing justice. Seeing as WJP has been hosting a radio show on Thetha FM- Orange Farm’s community radio station- every Tuesday at 13h30, that helps people deal with justice issues ranging from “What can the police do to you during an arrest?” to “ What if a family member gets sick in jail?”. The Access to justice event has caused a rippling effect, encouraging organisations like CAOSP to host workshops in Orange Farm.

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