The objective of Africa Check is to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa, checking the accuracy of key claims on important topics, and raising the quality of information available to the public.

The objective of AmaBhungane is to develop best practise in the field of investigative journalism, by producing major investigative stories that are accurate and fair, advance methods and standards, set an example to the wider media, expose wrongdoing and empower people to hold power to account.

Hassen Ebrahim has kept all the minutes (which he recorded himself) of the meetings of the ANC Negotiations Commission (the body that drove the negotiations process), as well as the record of all the bilateral meetings that the ANC had with the National Party and the multi-lateral meetings with other political parties. 

The minutes cover the period from 1991 to 1994. Hassen is preparing a manuscript recording his memory of the history of the ANC's Negotiations Commission, how the ANC managed its process of negotiations through the Negotiations Commission; how the ANC was mandated through its interactions with its structures and from the mass democratic movement; how ideas were developed, negotiated and finally agreed upon in the process of constitution making; as well as his understanding of the challenges in the negotiations process, what the deadlocks were and how those were overcome.

The main objectives of Corruption Watch are to encourage and enable active public participation in combatting corruption by reporting experiences of corruption on a confidential basis on multiple reporting channels ("whistle blowing"); to analyse the received information to identify patterns of corruption in respect of particular activities, government departments, geographical areas, economic sectors, organisations and related factors; and to run focused campaigns, through cooperation with other organisations, directed at exposing and combatting corruption in targeted areas or communities ("hot spots").

Curveball Productions are producing a documentary film, called How to Steal a Country that will follow the trail of investigative journalists as they connect the dots of malpractice, collusion, corruption and money laundering providing evidence that the Gupta family controlled state-owned companies and diverted billions of Rands into their own, and by implication, the President's, pockets.

The film will also display how key state institutions, such as the National Prosecuting Authority and the State Revenue Service, have been captured to provide impunity for the guilty and instead, investigate the opponents of State Capture.

The objective of Democracy Works is to strengthen and deepen democracy in Africa. They believe in inclusive, equitable, developmental, collaborative, coalition and consensus democracy at local, national, regional and continental level. In South Africa, Democracy Works Foundation promotes wider civic engagement and contributes to the realisation of the core governing principles enshrined in the preamble of the South African constitution. They collect data and ensure an evidence-based approached to democracy building; strengthen democrats, whether leaders or citizens, as democracy cannot function without democrats; strengthen the core by assisting the fortification of functioning institutions such as parliament, political parties, civil society organisations and media and provide platforms and content for democratic engagement to strengthen the growth of democratic culture. In this particular project, called Assisting Justice and the Restoration of the Rule of Law, the objective is to combat "state capture" by strengthening the capacity of the National Prosecuting Authority to enforce the rule of law and restore justice.

The aim of DAG is to the contribute to sustainable human settlements through development processes which enable human rights, dignity and equity. The main objectives during the reporting period will be to strengthen civic organisations and community leaders to participate meaningfully in urban development processes; to establish a non-profit property developer to deliver a variety of affordable  rental housing projects in Cape Town and surrounds; to design, co-produce and deliver a Contractor and Developer Training programme for at least ten emerging contractors annually, and to create a pipeline for joint ventures and partnership projects in relation to affordable housing in backyards and informal settlements.

The Centre for Human Rights introduced a doctoral programme for students from African countries contributing to a research agenda entitled "Freedom from Violence in Africa".  The first intake will involve ten students, who will be exploring issues related to the right to life and violence reduction, a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of violence.  The programme will aim at establishing a network of African scholars and practitioners with advanced capacity aimed at achieving progress towards Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

The aim of FXI is to protect and foster the right to freedom of expression as an enabler of civil, political and social, economic rights.  The FXI derives its mandate from s16 (1) of the South African Constitution. The main objective of the FXI is to promote and defend the right to freedom of expression within the context of hate speech and other attempts to restrict free expression both online and offline. 


(a) provide legal support, advice and opinion in order to clarify the right to freedom of expression;

(b) undertake strategic litigation in precedent-setting cases that advance the right to freedom of expression;

(c) undertake research, advocacy and make policy submissions on the right to freedom of expression;

(d) conduct public education and awareness on the right and Constitutional limitations to freedom of expression and (e) defend media freedom and the free flow of information in general.

The aim of FUL is to promote democracy under law; by advancing the understanding and respect of the rule of law and the principle of legality; securing and strengthening the independence of the judiciary; promoting the selection, training and advancement of a judiciary appropriate to the needs of constitutional democracy; advancing the independence and skills of the legal profession in serving the courts; enhancing communication and understanding between the judiciary, the legal profession, academic lawyers, the media and society at large; promoting legal education appropriate to the needs of constitutional democracy; and protecting, promoting and advancing the freedom of speech and freedom of the media in relation to the administration of justice and in courts.

The objective of GroundUp is to train and employ community-based journalists who live in and know poor neighborhoods, to publish and to distribute high-quality social justice stories from vulnerable communities in South Africa on the GroundUp website and in the mainstream media.


HSF is to protect and promote liberal constitutional democracy and upholding the Rule of Law in South Africa. The HSF's current activities consist mainly of the following: public interest litigation in areas where government institutions or officials are in breach of their obligations or where the rule of law needs to be supported; and research on topical social, economic and legal issues.

The core research question of this project by PLAAS is to understand who is benefiting from South Africa's land redistribution programme. The project aims to work with rural activists and organized rural formations to explore this issue, and if elite capture is indeed taking place, to assess how this affects the outcomes of what was originally conceived of as a "pro-poor" land redistribution programme. The research findings will be published in different formats and the implications for policy will be explored, as well as for advocacy towards pro-poor shifts in land reform policy and practice.

The objectives of the Judges Matter Campaign are (a) to monitor the appointment process of judges;  (b) to provide non-partisan, evidence based research on the criteria for good candidates, as well as the appointment process, and a report on each candidate;  (c) to provide an active social media campaign leading up to and including the week of judicial interviews; and  (d) to livestream the interviews and put the videos on a website for viewing after the interviews.

As the broad objective to support rural people engaged in the struggle to achieve change in respect of land, power, and customs. LARC monitors Parliament in Cape Town and provincial public hearings with regards to the security of tenure of rural people produces reports of developments in parliament for the Alliance for Rural Democracy and other community-based organisations and reports and transcripts of public hearings. The LARC also produces information sheets for rural communities about specific laws and policies, to be circulated and used in workshops and in the preparations of written and oral submissions by activists.


The aim of the LRC is to empower vulnerable and disadvantaged communities by extending the reach of services into rural areas through support for other community organisations and assisting clients to access information; to facilitate community participation in local government decision-making; to provide legal support and training to marginalised communities; to strengthen democratic principles in customary governance systems and to promote openness and accountability by traditional authorities and others involved in community land.

The aim of My Vote Count is to improve the accountability, transparency and  inclusiveness of elections and politics in the Republic of South Africa generally, by (a) campaigning to reform the political party funding systems in the Republic, through the introduction of legislation and other regulatory measures; (b) campaigning to reform the electoral system of the republic; and (c) creating platforms which aim to unite and educate citizens and organisations in finding democratic solutions to the challenges of our time.

SAFLII, the DGRU and Pocket Law leverage their experience, content, and partnerships to deliver a unique value-add product "Pocket law" to South African sole practitioners, who work at the forefront of our justice system, yet are rarely well-resourced to do so efficiently and effectively.

The Pocket Law Sole Practitioner edition will fulfill a social function of aiding transformation in the profession by providing the tools of the trade for cohorts of sole practitioners of a previously disadvantaged background.

The main objective of ProBono.Org is to increase access to expert legal services to members of the public who cannot afford such services.  This will contribute to ensuring that Section 34 of the Constitution is realised which gives everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of the law decided in a fair public hearing before a court.  They also promote the importance of providing pro bono legal services to the legal profession and enable the legal profession to provide legal services to poor, marginalised and vulnerable South Africans.

The objective of PARI is to study the effectiveness of state institutions in the delivery of series and infrastructure.  PARI generates high-quality research to better understand the drivers of institutional performance in the public sector, an improve implementation of policies in relevant fields.  This project focuses on developing a civil society initiative for public sector reform; builds on the Betrayal Report with in-dept studies of Transnet and other state-owned enterprises and undertakes fieldwork in two municipalities.

The South African Institute of Race Relations commissions a national opinion survey of public attitudes to race, empowerment and other related policy issues and reports the findings through a variety of media channels in the public domain.

The Scalabrini Centre provides development and welfare services to asylum seekers and refugees.  The Centre contributes to policy, legislation, case law, and the protection of migrants and refugees in the South African immigration system, as well as related sectors including law and order, labour, education and health. The Centre assists refugees and migrants to better realise their rights afforded by the South African Constitution through improved access to the available services.  The Centre undertakes initiatives aimed at strengthening the integrity of the legal and policy framework of the department of Home Affairs through communication and submissions on policy documents and to ad hoc committees on new legislation and legislation amendment bills that affect foreign nationals. The Centre networks with partner organisation; conducts strategic litigation, research projects, workshop and training sessions and general awareness-raising in the media.

The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation.  The centre works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide disseminations of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.  The South African National Schools Moot Court Competition was established in 2011 by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria to ensure greater awareness of the South African Constitution and presented in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Human Rights Commission.

SECTION27 is a public interest law center that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilization to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.

The objectives of Section27 are to support and entrench a new generation of public interest lawyers committed to the pursuit of equality in South Africa; to improve the quality of public interest law in South Africa; to improve the delivery of quality health care services through the application of the law; to improve the delivery of basic education through the application of the law, and to improve, publicise and provide education on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

The objectives of this project of the SJC are to facilitate the implementation of the recommendation of the Khayelitsha commission of Inquiry in order to ensure a democratic police service and the safety, justice, and equality for poor and working class people in South Africa;

  • (a) to compel the Minister of Police to implement the recommendations of the O-Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry, in particular to review the equitable and irrational allocation of resources to police precincts in poor and working class areas, to issue guidelines on the visible policing of informal settlements, and to develop a plan on how to address vigilantism;
  • (b) to improve the democratic participation of poor and working class communities in proving safety and policing in Khayelitsha and other poor communities and implementing the Commission's recommendations;  and
  • (c) to expand the implementation of additional and adequate built environment resources, such as streetlights and CCTV cameras that can contribute to improved safety and policing.

UniteBehind is a coalition of people's movements, research and legal organisation, supported by faith-based bodies, with the objective of promoting social justice and resisting state capture.  The UniteBehind secretariat is taking action against the corruption and fraud at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).  It is currently in court against the PRASA and the Minister of Transport around issues of Governance and Operations.

It wants a resolution of the previous board rescinded that attempted to derail corruption investigations and for the minister to review the process and laws of appointing a board.  UniteBehind has also applied to intervene against Siyangena Technologies.  Siyangena is a supplier for PRASA accused of corrupt practices and it trying to settle its accounts with PRASA through secret arbitration. 

UniteBehind is also going to join PRASA in ligation to rescind the R56million court order Siyaya Rail Solutions obtained against it, but also to set aside the arbitration awards that were the basis for the court order.  It will argue about the unlawfulness of the previous interim board and the unconstitutionality of settling public law disputes via arbitration.  UniteBehind continues to build its grassroots #FixOurTrains campaign to organise commuters around the daily struggles of their commutes to support actions against state capture at PRASA and to build commuter action committees for safety.