Social justice in action: some of our successes

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No more tjo-tjo
Corruption Watch provides a safe platform for the public to report corruption, via the website, SMS, social media, email or post.

The most serious cases are investigated, and findings are handed over to the authorities for further action. Corruption Watch then follows up and reports back on progress. The organisation also identifies trends and hotspots for corruption in South Africa and works towards finding solutions and strategies.

Using a collaborative approach, Corruption Watch's 'No more tjo-tjo' campaign aims to stamp out corruption in the Johannesburg Metro Police Department. The campaign successfully saw the launch of the City of Johannesburg's anti-corruption strategy which was largely influenced by research and submissions from Corruption Watch.

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Ending discrimination against women
The Legal Resources Centre is responsible for the recent Constitutional Court decision to suspend customary law rules of male primogeniture, which unfairly discriminate against African women, particularly those married in terms of customary law.

This victory underscores the organisation's commitment to protecting human rights, using the law as an instrument of justice for the vulnerable and marginalised – including poor, homeless and landless people, and communities that suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability, economic and historical circumstances.

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Free legal advice for the poor
ProBono.Org uses the services of volunteer private lawyers to channel millions of rands of top quality legal assistance, pro bono, to the most vulnerable and marginalised people, who find it hard to access justice in civil matters.

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Textbook crisis averted in Limpopo
In 2012, Section 27 ensured the delivery of 1.2 million textbooks to learners in Limpopo, through a strategic campaign that included lobbying and litigation. The campaign put the state of education on the national agenda and secured a ground-breaking judgement on the powers and obligations of the State.

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Exposing wrongdoing and holding the powerful to account
The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is a successful initiative that promotes an open, accountable and just democracy by producing major investigative stories that are accurate, fair and ethically sound.

They also develop capacity in this area through skills development to ensure a robust media industry.

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Protecting media freedom
Initially established to oppose the Protection of State Information Bill, The Right2Know Campaign has broadened its scope to tackle issues related to media freedom.

They sought public comment on the 'secrecy' bill and are lobbying parliament to redraft specific draconian sections before it is signed into law.

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Affordable treatment for people with HIV and AIDS
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is one of the most successful social justice campaigns in South Africa. In 2003, following intensive campaigning by the TAC, the SA Cabinet decided to rollout anti-retroviral treatment to HIV-positive South Africans. As a result, South Africa now has the largest ARV programme in the world.

Establishing standards for school infrastructure
Disturbed by the lack of norms and standards across the public school system, Equal Education used lobbying and litigation to bring about improvement in South African schools.

Drawing together learners, parents, teachers and community members, they marched, picketed and petitioned to garner support. In 2012 they resorted to the courts to compel the Minister to promulgate norms and standards for schools. On 12 September 2013, the Minister released draft norms and standards for public comment.

Clean and Safe Sanitation
The Social Justice Coalition is currently campaigning for clean and safe sanitation in Khayelitsha. Here, up to a few hundred people have to share one toilet, resulting in pollution and instances of raw sewerage flowing through the settlement. Apart from the risk of disease, people who use these communal toilets are also at risk of being robbed, raped, beaten or murdered.

The SJI encourages meaningful engagement between government, communities, civic movements and experts in order to bring about meaningful change. Previous successes include the restoration of street lighting in the township, contributing to safety and wellbeing.