Cases we handle

  • Housing Dispute Cases

  • Countrywide

We work mainly in black communities and as such highly governed by “culture”. While not all cultural practices and rules are patriarchal in nature, one of the few discriminatory practices that still exist is the inheritance of property to males. Meaning that if one parent (or both) die and only have daughters as their dependents, the closest male figure is identified i.e a cousin or uncle to inherit their property on behalf of their girls. Most often these cousins, brothers and uncles take over the property as their own and either sell or evict the women and their children. These highly contested homes are known commonly as “family homes”. This issue, after domestic violence is probably one of the main problems we encounter on the ground.

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  • Domestic Violence Cases

  • Countrywide

Domestic Violence, as defined in detail by the Domestic Violence Act [116 of 1998] (including psychological, emotional, financial and physical abuse) is very high in the communities we work in. This is not to say that within affluent areas, we do not encounter such cases. However, the main difference is that our beneficiaries in townships, rural and remote areas are more vulnerable due to poverty do not have access to simple information and assistance to obtain Protection Orders and ensure the enforcement thereof.

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  • Child Maintenance Cases

  • Countrywide

The main issue we encounter on the ground is non-payment of child support and the violation of maintenance orders. Some women have a basic understanding of their rights and responsibilities in this regard, however are unable to either physically reach Maintenance Courts or know how to prepare adequately for the maintenance hearing to be conducted. We intervene in this area mainly by:

  1. Explaining rights and responsibilities related to maintenance, accordingly to the Maintenance Act [99 of 1998].
  2. Assisting women with practical guidance on how maintenance calculations are conducted and how to then prepare adequately prior to a maintenance hearing.
  3. Providing guidance on the enforcement of of a maintenance order.
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Urgent

Child Maintenance

Daily

Goal

205,500

Raised

12,500

Urgent

Domestic Violence

Weekly

Goal

300,500

Raised

12,500